UPPER CUMBERLAND – It was much of the same in May in terms unemployment in the Upper Cumberland.
Most counties saw marginal shifts in numbers, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The largest margin, in fact, was 0.7 percentage points. Most of the region, 12 counties in all, saw slight upticks, including Macon (5.2), Smith (5.4), Cannon (5.7), Warren (5.9), Putnam (6.1), White (6.3), Cumberland (7.0), Fentress (7.0), DeKalb (7.1), Overton (7.7), Van Buren (8.1) and Clay (8.8). Only Jackson (7.8) saw a decrease. Pickett (6.9) remained unchanged.
For the month, Tennessee’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, which was 0.4 percentage points higher than April. The national unemployment for May, as a comparison, was 5.3 percent, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous month.