Unemployment rate dips slightly in White County according to report

By | September 12, 2018 5:58 am

Unemployment in Tennessee dropped nearly two-thirds in July 2018, and, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the jobless situation improved in 57 counties.

In 19 counties the rate remained the same from the previous month of June. In White County, however, unemployment fell 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent from June to July.

Sixty-two counties had unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in July, while 33 counties had a rate of 5.0 percent or higher. According to the TDLWD, the time of the year determines the figures of unemployment.

In an effort to explain why some counties saw an increase in unemployment, TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips had this to say.

“The summer months significantly impact the unemployment situation across the state,” he said. “People are not working seasonal jobs. They’re out of town and not able to work, or they have graduated and are looking for work. There are many factors that play a role in summer unemployment figures.”

When asked what he thought the reason for the dip in unemployment is from June to July, Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce President Marvin Bullock suggested the numbers are cyclic and tend to follow the same pattern. He suggested the best way to predict what unemployment will do is to look at what happened the year before.

“If you take the 12 months from 2015 to 2016 to 2017 and put it in a line graph, it will follow pretty much the same pattern from year to year,” said Bullock.

While White County was not on the top 10 list for having the lowest unemployment, it was also not the top ten list for having the highest either. The county with the lowest unemployment was Williamson County, while the county with the highest was Weakley County.

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