Following a slight rise in the statewide unemployment rate in March, jobless statistics experienced minor increases in most of Tennessee’s 95 counties, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
Five counties across the state did experience lower unemployment for the month, while rates went up in 86 counties, and remained the same in four counties.
Thirty-two of Tennessee’s counties had a jobless rate of less than 5%. The remaining 63 counties recorded a rate of 5% or higher.
Overton County’s unemployment rate was 5.4% for March, up from 5.2% in February. Overton had 531 unemployed of a workforce of 9,818. Overton County’s number of employed residents in March was 9,287, down from 9,384 in February. Overton County’s unemployment rate was 5.1% in March 2020.
Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA was 5.1% in March, up from 4.8% in February, with 2,552 unemployed of a workforce of 50,007.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 4.9% in March, up from 4.6% in February. Putnam had 1,736 unemployed of a workforce of 35,353.
Jackson County’s unemployment rate was 5.9% in March, up from 5.6% in February. Jackson had 285 unemployed of a workforce of 4,836.
Pickett County’s unemployment rate was 5.6% for March, up from February’s rate of 5%. Pickett had 125 unemployed of a workforce of 2,242.
Fentress County’s unemployment rate was 5.3% in March, up from 4.9% in February. Fentress had 395 unemployed of a workforce of 7,440.
Clay County had the state’s 8th highest unemployment rate at 7% in March, down from 6.9% in February. Clay had 193 unemployed of a labor force of 2,749.
Unemployment in Lake County decreased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 8.9%, which is the state’s highest rate for the month.
Williamson County’s jobless statistic of 3.3% was the lowest in the state. Its March rate was 0.3 of a percentage point higher than it was in February.
Statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment inched up 0.1 of a percentage point to 5% in March.
Nationally, unemployment dropped 0.2 of a percentage point to 6%.
The state offers online options for Tennesseans searching for employment. Currently, on Jobs4TN.gov, job seekers can find more than 240,000 open positions in a wide range of occupations and skill levels. Tennessee Virtual American Job Center www.TNVirtualAJC.com allows Tennesseans to research different programs, from different state agencies that can help them remove barriers to employment so they can more easily reenter the workforce.
The state of Tennessee will release the April 2021 statewide unemployment rate Thursday, May 20.