Unemployment rates for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties dropped during August 2019 according to data released Thursday, Sept. 26 by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
Unemployment is now less than 5% in 89 of the state’s counties. The August rates in six counties currently sit at 5% or greater.
“Many counties saw unemployment decrease by more than a percentage point in August, while several dropped by two percentage points,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “To see lower rates in every county across the state is always a positive sign coming out of the summer months.”
Overton County’s unemployment rate was 3.5% for August, down from 4.8% in July. Overton had 358 unemployed of a workforce of 10,347. Overton County’s number of employed residents in August was 9,989, up from 9,797 in July.
Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA was 3.6% in August, up from 4.7% in July, with 1,809 unemployed of a workforce of 50,247.
Jackson County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3% in August, down from 5.8% in July. Jackson had 205 unemployed of a workforce of 4,741.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 3.5% in August, down from 4.6% in July. Putnam had 1,246 unemployed of a workforce of 35,159.
Fentress County’s unemployment rate was 4.7%, down from 5.8% in July. Fentress had 345 unemployed of a workforce of 7,394.
Pickett County’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in August, down from 5.4% in July. Pickett had 97 unemployed of a workforce of 2,519.
Clay County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 6.1% in August, down from 8% in July. Clay had 167 unemployed of a labor force of 2,754.
Sevier and Williamson counties had Tennessee’s lowest unemployment in August with a rate of 2.5%. Williamson County’s rate dropped by 0.7 of a percentage point when compared to the previous month, while Sevier County decreased by 0.8 of a percentage point.
Statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment across Tennessee held steady in August matching July’s rate of 3.5%.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also remained the same in August at 3.7% for the second consecutive month.
Job seekers can find more than 200,000 current openings from across the state on Tennessee’s workforce development website at www.Jobs4TN.gov.
The statewide unemployment rate for September will be available Thursday, Oct. 17.