Jobless rate low
By Bobby Lee McCulley | February 1, 2018 6:33 am
Last Updated: February 1, 2018 at 6:35 am
Unemployment rates for December were recently released by the state and indicated White County remains on track in keeping its unemployment rate competitively low.
The unemployment rates for Tennessee’s 95 counties were released Jan. 25 by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and show unemployment remained below 5 percent in an overwhelming majority of the counties during December 2017. Compared to this time last year, each county in Tennessee has recorded an improvement in their unemployment rates.
Eighty-nine counties across the state maintained unemployment rates lower than 5 percent during the last month of 2017, according to the most recent state figures. Additionally, 77 counties experienced a decrease in their unemployment rates in December.
For White County, in December 2017, the unemployment rate was recorded at 3.3 percent. According to the statistics, unemployment in White County is down 0.2 percent from November 2017.
Within the Upper Cumberland region, Putnam County recorded the lowest unemployment rate for December 2017 at 2.9 percent. Cumberland County experienced an increase in its unemployment rate from November of 0.2 percent to a new December rate of 4.1 percent.
Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate, 3.2 percent, is the lowest among its neighboring states in the southeast and currently the eighth lowest in the entire country. The national average unemployment rate for December is approximately 4.1 percent.