Several UC counties report unemployment rate dip

By Amye Anderson
UCBJ Managing Editor

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Many counties in the Upper Cumberland saw their February unemployment rates shrink compared to the previous month.

Cannon (3.0), Macon (3.2), Putnam (3.5), and Smith (3.5) counties were in line with or bested the state’s reported 3.6-percent unemployment rate.

Clay (5.2), Jackson (5.5), and DeKalb (4.6) counties meanwhile reported the highest unemployment rates in the UC; above the reported national rate of 4.4 percent.

Counties February 2018 January 2018 February 2017
Cannon 3.0 3.4 4.1
Clay 5.2 5.6 6.8
Cumberland 5.0 5.4 6.4
DeKalb 4.6 4.7 5.8
Fentress 4.3 4.5 5.4
Jackson 5.5 5.1 7.1
Macon 3.2 3.3 4.0
Overton 4.5 4.5 5.5
Pickett 4.1 4.4 6.3
Putnam 3.5 3.7 4.5
Smith 3.5 3.5 4.7
Van Buren 4.2 4.7 5.5
Warren 3.9 4.1 4.5
White 3.7 3.9 4.7
UC 4.1 4.2 5.1
TN 3.6 3.8 4.5
US 4.4 4.5 4.9
Source: Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Amye Anderson is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached at amye@ucbjournal.com.