UPPER CUMBERLAND – The Upper Cumberland saw an across-the-board spike in unemployment rates in June.
All 14 counties were up month-to-month, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. That mirrors a trend statewide; all 94 counties, the state said, saw higher jobless rates than in May.
Despite the jump, most rates were improved year-over-year. Only Clay (9.9) saw an increase over June 2014.
Three counties matched or bettered the state’s rate of 6.3, including Macon (6.0), Smith (6.1) and Cannon (6.3). Putnam, Warren and White were all at 6.9 percent.
Rounding out the region were Overton (7.5), Cumberland (7.6), Fentress (7.8), Pickett (7.8), DeKalb (7.9) Jackson (8.7) and Van Buren (9.1).
For the month, Tennessee’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3 percent was 0.6 percentage points higher than in May. The national unemployment for June, as a comparison, was 5.5 percent, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous month.