Unemployment numbers are trending in the right direction across the Upper Cumberland

Cookeville – Unemployment in the Upper Cumberland inched downward in September, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In August, the region landed at 3.6% unemployment. That number fell, slightly, to 3.3% last month.

That 3.3% number is lower than both the state and national average, which stand at 3.6% and 4.6%, respectively. Overton County was on the lowest end of the spectrum at 2.7% unemployment while Van Buren was at the highest with 4.3%.

Clay County nipped on Van Buren’s heels with a 4.2% rate. Cumberland County stands at 3.7%, DeKalb lands at 3.9% and Fentress sits at 3.25 unemployment in September.

Jackson County has a 3.6% rate, Macon County has a rate of 3.3% and Pickett checks in with 2.8% unemployment. Putnam decreased it’s rate from 3.4% in August to 3% in September while Smith County maintains a low number at 2.8%. Warren County sits at 4% and White County lands at 3.3%.

12 out of the 14 Counties in the Upper Cumberland lowered unemployment rates from August to September.

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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