Nashville, TN (2015-12-24) Although employment was constant over the month, the jobless rate in Scott County rose nearly a full percentage point in November.
According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the unemployment rate in Scott County for November was 9.3 percent, 0.8 of a percentage point higher than the previous month. Oddly enough, employment over the month remained constant, as 7,230 people had jobs in both October and November. However, the state adjusted the estimated labor force figures upward in November, increasing it by 60 persons—7,910 to 7,970. Of those, all were added to the list of the unemployed which increased from 670 to 740. The unemployment rate in October was 8.5 percent. A year ago, the jobless rate in Scott County was 11.1 percent. Over the last twelve months, the number of those employed has increased by nearly a 1000 persons.
In neighboring counties, the jobless rate was up in three and unchanged in two. Pickett County experienced the greatest percentage increase, jumping one-half a percentage point over the month to 8.0 percent. Campbell County and Fentress County both experienced 0.3 of a percentage point increases over the month, reporting November rates of 7.7 and 6.6 percent, respectively. The jobless rates in Anderson County and Morgan County remained unchanged over the month—5.5 and 7.1 percent, respectively.
The increase in November elevated Scott County to the third highest rate in the state. Hancock County at 9.9 percent had the highest jobless rate in the state in November. Lauderdale County was second at 9.4 percent, just 0.1 of a percentage point higher than Scott. Lake County and Clay County, both at 8.6 percent, had the fourth and fifth highest unemployment rates in November. Those counties in the top ten were: Obion County (8.4%), Decatur County (8.1%), McNairy County (8.0%), Haywood County (8.0%), and Pickett County (8.0%).
Across the state, the unemployment rate increased in 59 counties, decreased in 12, and remained the same in 24.
For the month of November, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.2 percent. The Knox County rate was 4.4 percent, Hamilton County was 5.1 percent, and lastly Shelby County was 6.4 percent. All of these major metropolitan counties had an unemployment rate that remained unchanged from the previous month.