Counties across Tennessee experienced lower unemployment during final month of 2023

Nashville – Nearly every county in Tennessee ended 2023 with lower unemployment, according to new data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Ninety-two of the state’s 95 counties posted rates in December that came in lower than their November statistics. Wayne County’s rate was unchanged between November and December at 3.5%. Unemployment did increase in two counties during the month. Hardeman County saw its rate grow from 4.3% to 4.6%, while unemployment in Fayette County increased from 3.6% to 3.8%.

Every county in the state recorded unemployment rates below 5% in December.

Moore County continued to have the lowest unemployment in the state with a rate of 2.1%, down from 2.4% in November. Williamson County had the second-lowest rate for the month, down 0.3 of a percentage point from 2.6% to 2.3%.

Bledsoe County had the highest rate of unemployment in December. The county’s new rate of 4.8% is a 0.2 of a percentage point decrease from its November rate of 5%. While Lauderdale County had the second-highest rate for the month at 4.7%, it was down 0.5 of a percentage point from the previous month.

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