Region follows trend of the rest of the state

Upper Cumberland – August 2023 data showed unemployment rates were down across all Upper Cumberland counties in August.

Ninety-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded lower unemployment rates in August 2023, according to new data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Ninety-three counties recorded rates below 5% in August, while two had rates slightly above the 5% mark.

In the Upper Cumberland, Cannon County sits at 3.0%, down from 3.4% last month, while Clay dropped from 5% to 4.1% in August. Cumberland County dipped from 4.3% in June to 3.9% last month and DeKalb County landed stayed at 3.8%.

Fentress dropped to 3.5% from 4.2% a month ago while Van Buren landed at 4.5%. Jackson County stands at 3.9%, down from 4.8% in August, and Macon County’s number dropped from 3.8% to 2.9%.

Overton dropped from 3.9% to 3.3% while Putnam sits at a 3.3%, down 0.5% from the previous month. Smith dipped 0.2 percentage points to 3% and Warren landed at 4%. White County sits at 3.4% and Pickett dropped from 4.7% to 3.9%.

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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