Unemployment rates remain same for White County
By Rima Austin | December 3, 2018 10:26 am
Unemployment rates remained the same at 3.9 percent, in White County, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce’s report spanning from September 2018 to October 2018. This is a little higher from October 2017’s rate, which was 3.3 percent for the same time period.
According to TDLWD, unemployment rates dropped in 26 counties and remained the same in 36 counties when the rates were compared to the September 2018 statistics. This did not go unnoticed by Burns Phillips, TDLWD commissioner.
“It’s interesting how nearly all the counties with the lowest unemployment in the state showed no movement in their rates during October,” said Phillips. “And that was the case with more than one-third of the counties, in Tennessee. It is just one more sign the state’s economy is holding strong.”
Phillips explained that for the counties that remained the same or saw lower unemployment rates from September to October, more effort should be put forth to study those counties and find out what they are doing to keep their rates low.
“While the employment is holding steady in a majority of the state’s counties, we do have areas that experienced an uptick in unemployment last month,” said Phillips. “We need to take a look at those counties and work with our local partners to see what we can do to increase access to new jobs for all Tennesseans.”
Anyone looking for help with employment can access www.jobs4tn.gov. The state of Tennessee will release the November 2018 statewide rate December 20, 2018.