According to the Upper Cumberland Development District and the TN Department of Labor And Workforce Development, unemployment in the Upper Cumberland trended downward in August compared to the same month last year. Putnam county unemployment was down from 3.8% to 3.4% while Overton held strong at 3.7%, and Cumberland County trended in the right direction from 4.8% to 4.3%.
Jackson County joblessness improved from 4.5% to 3.9% with Smith County dropping in at 2.9%, the only county trending toward the 2% – 3% range. DeKalb County improved from 4.6% to 3.7%, and White County landed at 3.5% compared to 4.1% in 2021.
Cannon County dipped from 3.6% to 3.1% while Warren and Van Buren counties dropped to 4.2% and 4.5%, respectively. Macon County dropped from 3.9% to 3% over the year, and Clay County went from 5.5% to 4.3%. Pickett County reduced unemployment to 4.4% and Fentress County plunged from 4.6% to 3.8%.
Tennessee’s total unemployment rate improved from 4% to 3.5% for the month of August while the national unemployment rate still sits at 3.8%.