December jobless rate decreases
By Kim Swindell Wood | January 28, 2019 7:49 am
White County is listed among more than three-fourths of the counties in Tennessee that have reported a decrease in unemployment rates for December.
According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 76 counties saw a decrease in unemployment in December; the rate remained unchanged in three counties, and 16 counties experienced an uptick in their jobless numbers. White County’s rate dropped from 3.5 percent to 3.3 percent.
In the neighboring counties, Van Buren dropped from 4.5 percent to 4.1 percent; Warren, 3.8 percent to 3.6 percent; Putnam, 3.4 percent to 2.9 percent; and DeKalb, 4.1 percent to 3.8 percent. Cumberland was the only neighboring county that reported an increase in the unemployment rate, which rose from 3.9 percent to 4.2 percent.
Williamson County continued to have the state’s lowest unemployment during the final month of 2018 with a rate of 2.1 percent. Compared to the previous month, Williamson’s rate dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point in December. The County’s unemployment rate has been at or below 2.1 percent in 61 prior months dating back to 1990.
Davidson and Rutherford counties had the next lowest unemployment rates at 2.3 percent each. Both counties saw a decrease of 0.3 of a percentage point from their November rates.
While the majority of Tennessee’s counties did see a drop in unemployment in December, many rural counties continue to work to attract new employment opportunities and training resources for their residents.
Hancock County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent, which increased by 1.1 percent from November’s figure.
Lauderdale County had the second highest unemployment rate, but at 5.6 percent, it did drop 0.2 of a percentage point when compared to the previous month.
Statewide, Tennessee’s December unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent for the second consecutive month. Nationally, the United States’ unemployment rate saw an uptick to 3.9 percent, which was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than in November.