June unemployment rates increase in White County
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 30, 2018 9:03 am
The unemployment rate for White County jumped 1.3 percent in June, according to data released by Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, from 3.5 percent to 4.4 percent. According to TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips this is not unusual for this time of year.
County unemployment rates, unlike statewide unemployment rates, are not seasonally adjusted to account for seasonal fluctuations, such as yearly school closings.
“These increases in county unemployment rates are something we typically see in June,” said Phillips. “In fact, we have experienced this uptick every June since the state started keeping records, in 1976.”
Between May and June of this year, education service jobs, such as custodians, bus drivers, and other school support staff who are not working during the summer months, were down by 38,000. The county rates incorporate these seasonal workers who are temporarily unemployed.
Typically, June is also the month when recent high school and college graduates enter the workforce. While searching for jobs they are considered unemployed, thus adding to the jobless count across the state.
Tennessee had a seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, in June, the same of the previous month. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.0 percent, up 0.2 of a percentage point, from 3.8 percent.
“These increases, while something we would rather not experience, are right on par with last June,” said Phillips. “When you look at the year-to-year comparisons for many counties, the rates are the same as they were this time last year.”
Anyone searching for employment will find resources on the state’s workforce website, jobs4TN.gov. The state will release the July 2018 statewide unemployment rate, on Aug. 16, 2018.