Unemployment declines again in White County

By | September 1, 2016 5:48 am

After a one-month increase that affected every county in Tennessee, White County is back on a path of decreasing unemployment numbers, according to a report released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Aug. 25, 2016.

The unemployment rate for White County in July 2016 was 5.3 percent, a slight decline from June’s rate of 5.4 percent.

It is also less than the rate at the same time last year, in July 2015, which was reported as 6.4 percent.

Before June, White County’s rate had been declining every month for five months, reaching the lowest rate of the year, 4.1 percent, in May 2016.

The state attributed the increase in all 95 counties in June 2016 to the seasonal closing of schools. June was the only month in 2016 in which White County experienced an increase.

Statewide, the unemployment rates decreased in 73 counties, increased in 11 and remained the same in 11. The state’s preliminary rate for July was 4.3 percent, increasing .2 percent over the previous month.

The national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July 2016.

Van Buren County also experienced a slight drop in unemployment for July, with 6.4 percent unemployment compared to 6.5 percent in June 2016. There was a much greater decrease over the same time last year, with a reported rate of 8.6 percent for July 2015.

Williamson County remains the lowest in the state for unemployment, at 3.6 percent, followed by Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, Cheatham, Sevier, Maury, Knox and Giles counties.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates were Hancock County, at 8.7 percent, followed by Scott, Weakley, Obion, Jackson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Houston, Lake and Carroll.

For more information on jobless rates and employment information, visit tn.gov/workforce.

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