UPPER CUMBERLAND – Unemployment was down across the board in April, as the Upper Cumberland continues to recover from higher than normal marks posted in early 2015.
Six counties had jobless rates less than 6.0 percent, including Cannon (5.2), Macon (4.8), Smith (5.3), Warren (5.4), Putnam (5.5) and White (5.9). Rounding out the rest of the region were DeKalb (6.5), Fentress (6.8), Pickett (6.9), Cumberland (7.0), Overton (7.2), Van Buren (7.4), Jackson (7.9) and Clay (8.3).
While all counties saw improved employment numbers compared to March, rates were similar to those posted in April 2014. Statewide, 94 of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw jobless rates decrease from month-to-month.
Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for April was 6.0 percent, 0.3 percentage points lower than in March. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 5.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than the month before. State and national rates are seasonally adjusted, while the county numbers are not. Tennessee’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, while the unadjusted U.S. rate for April is 5.1.