Newly released data from Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) shows 38 counties experienced a drop in unemployment during October, while rates remained the same in 24 counties, and increased in 33 counties.

“Many different factors impact a county’s employment situation,” TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord said. “The vast majority of Tennessee’s counties had continued low unemployment in October. The ebb and flow of the statistics in several areas will likely return to more typical numbers in the coming months.”

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 3% for October, down from 3.1% in September. Overton had 313 unemployed of a workforce of 10,326. Overton County’s number of employed residents in October was 10,013, up from 10,004 in September.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA was 3.2% in October, down from 3.3% in September, with 1,594 unemployed of a workforce of 50,431.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 3.1% in October, down from 3.2% in September. Putnam had 1,097 unemployed of a workforce of 35,384.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in October, the same as in September. Jackson had 184 unemployed of a workforce of 4,721.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate remained at 4% in October, the same as in September. Fentress had 294 unemployed of a workforce of 7,324.

Pickett County’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in October, up from 3.6% in September. Pickett had 94 unemployed of a workforce of 2,483.

Clay County had the state’s 6th highest unemployment rate at 5.2% in October, down from 5.6% in September. Clay had 141 unemployed of a labor force of 2,701.

Perry County had the state’s highest unemployment rate in October at 8%. That represents a 4.5 percentage point increase from the prior month’s rate of 3.5%.

Williamson County’s statistic of 2.3% mirrored its previous month’s rate, still the lowest in Tennessee. Davidson and Cheatham counties also had a rate of 2.3% in October, both down by 0.1 of a percentage point from September’s number.

Statewide, unemployment held steady in October. Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.4% matches the previous month’s rate.

Nationally, unemployment experienced a slight uptick. October’s rate of 3.6% is 0.1 of a percentage point higher than September’s rate of 3.5%.

Tennesseeans looking for new employment opportunities can find more than 205, 000 current openings from across the state on Tennessee’s workforce development website at They can also find job search assistance, resume writing tips, and job interview advice at more than 80 American Job Centers across the state.

The statewide unemployment rate for November will be available Thursday, Dec. 19.