Overall state unemployment held steady

Upper Cumberland – Unemployment increased in all Upper Cumberland counties in May, but only slightly.

No counties remained in the 2% range after the new numbers were tallied. Van Buren sits at the highest unemployment percentage at 4.2% but fell out of the list of the state’s highest numbers while Pickett County had the largest increase, up more than a percentage point to 3.7%.

Cannon County and Smith County have the lowest number on the list at at 3% unemployed, Clay County also fell out of the state’s highest unemployment list, but still sits at 4% and Cumberland County is at 3.9%. DeKalb County increased almost a percentage point to 3.7% while Fentress County landed at 3.6%. Jackson County landed at 3.8% for the month.

Macon County is at 3.2%, Overton County is at 3.4% and Putnam County sits at 3.5%. Smith County is at 3%, Warren County lands at 3.8% and White County rounds out the list with 3.5% unemployed.

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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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