Unemployment drops across Upper Cumberland, state

By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor

UPPER CUMBERLAND – All 95 of the counties in Tennessee reported lower unemployment in November 2018 according to data recently released by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

While the county-by-county unemployment rates are down slightly across the UC, Warren County (3.8) is the only county to see over a one percentage point drop.

Smith County (2.9) continued to lead the UC with the only rate below 3.0 percent.

Counties November 2018 October 2018 Rate Change
Cannon 3.1 3.5 -0.4
Clay 4.1 4.4 -0.3
Cumberland 3.9 4.2 -0.3
DeKalb 4.1 4.7 -0.6
Fentress 3.9 4.3 -0.4
Jackson 4.5 4.9 -0.4
Macon 3.0 3.4 -0.4
Overton 3.6 3.9 -0.3
Pickett 3.8 4.2 -0.4
Putnam 3.4 3.6 -0.2
Smith 2.9 3.1 -0.2
Van Buren 4.5 5.0 -0.5
Warren 3.8 4.9 -1.1
White 3.5 3.9 -0.4
UC 3.6 4.0 -0.4
TN 3.3 3.7 -0.4
US 3.5 3.5 0.0

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, nearly all of the state’s 95 counties reported unemployment rates below 5 percent. Lauderdale, Bledsoe, McNairy and Hardeman counties topped 5 percent with 5.8, 5.2, 5.0 and 5.0, respectively.

All data is not seasonally adjusted.

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

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