White County joins the rest of TN as unemployment rates continue to fall

by | November 2, 2017 7:37 am

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips recently announced that September 2017 unemployment rates in all 95 Tennessee counties were below 5 percent.

This is the second consecutive month that unemployment rates have declined in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties.

September 2017 also marked the fourth straight month Tennessee experienced a historically low unemployment rate across the state. At approximately 3 percent, Tennessee has the lowest unemployment in the southeast and the eighth lowest rate in the nation.

“With every county seeing unemployment rates below 5 percent and with a record statewide unemployment rate, Tennessee’s fiscal strength is clear, and the investment in our workforce is paying off,” stated Haslam. “Employers know that Tennessee is a place where they can find skilled workers, so they continue to expand and relocate here.”

White County joins the rest of the state by experiencing another month of decreasing unemployment rates. For September 2017, the unemployment rate in White County was reported at 3.2 percent, which is a decrease of 0.7 percent from August 2017. Overall, the unemployment rate in White County is down 2.2 percent from this time last year.

Within the Upper Cumberland region, the lowest unemployment rate reported was Putnam County, with a September rate of 2.8 percent. DeKalb County reported the highest unemployment rate within the region at 3.7 percent, which is still down 0.7 percent from August 2017.

The lowest unemployment rate in the state for September was reported by Williamson County at 2.1 percent, which is down from 2.7 percent in August. Davidson County recorded the second lowest rate at 2.2 percent, falling from 2.7 percent the previous month.

“Many of the most notable decreases in September took place in counties with the highest unemployment rates, pointing out the economic growth and opportunity in some of Tennessee’s most distressed counties,” stated Phillips.

Rhea County continues to have the highest percentage of unemployed workers in Tennessee. However, in September, its rate fell from 6 percent to 4.9 percent. In January, Rhea County recorded a 10.2 percent unemployment rate. Each of the counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state saw similar decreases in September.

This is the fourth time in 2017 that unemployment rates have decreased in all 95 counties. Rates also dropped in every county during February, April, and August.

The improved county statistics for September follow the fourth consecutive month Tennessee experienced a record low statewide unemployment rate, which was 3 percent, down 0.3 percent from August. The national unemployment rate also dropped in September to 4.2 percent.

The statewide and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted, but the county rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

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