UPPER CUMBERLAND – Unemployment in the Upper Cumberland was up slightly for the month of November, according to rates released this week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Eight counties saw increases from October, including Cannon (5.4), Clay (8.8), Cumberland (7.7), Jackson (7.2), Pickett (11.8), Putnam (6.1), Smith (5.3) and White (7.7). Jobless numbers dropped in five others, including DeKalb (6.0), Fentress (6.8), Overton (6.2), Warren (6.4) and Van Buren (8.9). Macon (5.3) was unchanged from the previous month.
The uptick in the region was also mirrored statewide. Rates increased in 63 counties overall. For the month, Tennessee’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, which was 0.1 percentage points higher than October. The national unemployment for November, as a comparison, was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the previous month.