Local Unemployment Rate Edges Up In November

Nashville, TN (2009-12-23) The jobs market in Scott County was relatively stable in November; however, the local unemployment rate still edged up 0.1 of a percentage point last month.  The increase left Scott County tied with Hancock County for having the third highest jobless rate in the state.

According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the unemployment rate in Scott County for November was 17.8 percent, up 0.1-percentage point over the month.  Of the county’s labor force of 8,210, 6.750 had jobs, leaving another 1,460 looking for work.  A year ago, the unemployment rate in Scott County was 14.9 percent, a year-to-year increase of 2.9 percent.

In adjoining counties, the jobless rate rose in two and decline in three.  Like Scott, Morgan County’s jobless rate in November edged up 0.1 percentage point, rising to 11.7 percent.  Pickett County experienced a 0.9 percentage point increase over the month, climbing to 15.3 percent.  Anderson, Campbell and Fentress Counties all reported decreases in joblessness last month.  Anderson County and Fentress County both experienced at 0.5-percentage point decline in unemployment, reporting November rates of 8.9 percent and 12,8 percent, respectively.  Campbell County’s unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points in November, down to 12.9 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 10.3 percent, down 0.2-percentage point from the October rate of 10.5 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of November was 10.0 percent.

Across the state, unemployment rates decreased in 50 counties, increased in 36, and remained the same in nine others.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, down 0.2 from its October rate. Lauderdale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.6 percent, down 0.2 from the October rate, followed by Haywood County at 18.0 percent, up from 17.9 percent in October.  Scott County and Hancock County tied for third place, each at 17.8 percent.  Carroll County, at 17.2 percent, had the fifth highest rate in the state.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, down 0.1-percentage point from the October rate. Hamilton County was at 8.5 percent, down 0.2-percentage point from the October rate. Davidson County was 8.8 percent, down 0.1 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.0 percent, down 0.1 from the October rate.