Lower county unemployment rates came during the same month Tennessee hit all-time low

Upper Cumberland – July 2023 data showed unemployment rates decreased across most Upper Cumberland counties in July.

That follows the trend of the rest of the state as unemployment numbers dropped across Tennessee. The lower county unemployment rates came during the same month Tennessee hit an all-time low statewide unemployment rate. Seventy-nine of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported lower unemployment compared to the county statistics for June. Unemployment is below 5% in 81 counties across the state and 14.

In the Upper Cumberland, Cannon County sits at 3.4%, down from 3.5% last month, while Clay bumped up 0.1% to 5% in July. Cumberland County dipped from 4.7% in June to 4.3% last month and DeKalb County landed stayed at 4.6%.

Fentress dropped to 4.2% from 4.5% a month ago while Van Buren is heading in the right direction down 0.6% to 5.2%. Jackson County stands at 4.8%, down from 5% in June, and Macon County’s number ticked up slightly from 3.7% to 3.8%.

That is the second month in a row Jackson’s unemployment has decreased.

Overton dropped from 4.2% to 3.9% while Putnam sits at a 3.8%, down 0.3 from the previous month. Smith also dipped 0.2 percentage points to 3.3% and Warren landed at 4.8%. White County sits at 4% and Pickett dropped to 4.7% from 4.8% a month ago.

Ron Moses is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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