Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate held steady at 3.5% in Feb.

Nashville – Cumberland and Clay counties both sit within the top 10 highest unemployment rates in Tennessee for the month of Feb., with 5.1% and 5.5%, respectively, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Meanwhile, Cannon County has one of the lowest at 2.9%.

Throughout the Upper Cumberland, unemployment ticked slightly upward.

DeKalb County landed at 4.2% while Fentress County sits at 4.4% unemployment and Jackson County has a 4.7% rate. Macon County sits at 3.4%. Overton County comes in at 4.3% while Pickett County sits at 4.5% and Putnam County is at 3.7%.

Smith County sits at 3.4%, Warren County sits at 4.1%, White County landed at 3.9% , and Van Buren County sits at 4.9%.

Numbers provided by the State of Tennessee.

Despite overall unemployment numbers remaining stagnant in the state, many counties across Tennessee experienced significant drops in unemployment in Feb. after the end of seasonal employment impacted Jan.’s numbers, according to new data from the TDLWD.

Twenty-two counties across the state saw rates decrease during the month, while unemployment held steady in 21 additional counties. Rates did increase in the remaining 52 counties.

One of the most notable decreases was in Perry County. It had the highest unemployment rate in Jan. at 9.8% but one month later, its rate dropped 4.7 percentage points to 5.1%.

Moore County recorded the lowest rate across the state for Feb. at 2.5%, which was unchanged when compared to the previous month. Williamson County had Tennessee’s second-lowest rate at 2.6%, up 0.1 of a percentage point from its Jan.  rate.

Cocke County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate for the month. At 6.5%, unemployment in the county was still down 0.5 of a percentage point from Jan.’s rate of 7%. Bledsoe County’s rate was the second highest at 5.9%, which mirrored its number from the month before.

Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate held steady at 3.5% in Feb. That marked the fifth consecutive month unemployment across the state remained unchanged.

Nationally, unemployment in Feb. increased to 3.6%, up 0.2 of a percentage point.

Unlike statewide and national unemployment rates, county data is not seasonally adjusted to take into consideration seasonal impacts on unemployment. TDLWD has prepared an in-depth analysis of the state’s county unemployment data which is available here.

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