Eleven of the region’s 14 counties saw increases from November. Cumberland County (8.7), for example, was up 1.0 percentage point, while Clay (9.3) and Pickett (12.5) each saw a 0.6 percentage point gain. Others include Cannon (5.6), DeKalb (6.1), Warren (6.5), Overton (6.7), Fentress (7.1), Jackson (7.4), White (7.8), Van Buren (9.5).
Only Macon (5.1), Putnam (5.9) and Smith (5.1) had drops in numbers.
Despite the monthly increases, all 14 counties had better unemployment numbers than at this point last year.
For December, Tennessee’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, unchanged from November. The national unemployment, as a comparison, was 5.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.