Jobless rates have decreased in White, Van Buren counties

Statewide numbers also show improvement

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 White County and Van Buren County have showed improved in their jobless rates as shown in the recently released unemployment statistics for August 2021.

White County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent for August 2021, which was less than the 4.3 percent for July 2021. In August 2020, the rate was 6.3 percent.

Van Buren’s jobless rate for August 2021 was 5.3 percent, down from 5.9 percent for July 2021. In August 2020, the rate was 7.1 percent.

Unemployment rates in nearly all of Tennessee’s counties decreased in August. This marks the second consecutive month the jobless situation has improved in 93 or more of the state’s 95 counties.

August unemployment rates were lower in 93 counties across the state. The rate in Williamson County remained unchanged from July at 2.6 percent. Unemployment increased in Maury County from 4.2 percent to 4.5 percent in a month-to-month comparison.

 Seventy-nine counties recorded unemployment rates of less than 5 percent for the month. The remaining 16 counties had August rates of 5 percent or greater, but less than 10 percent.

 Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rate in August. Moore County recorded the second-lowest rate at 2.7 percent, which was down 0.2 of a percentage point from its July rate.

 Shelby County had the month’s highest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent. While it was the highest in the state, the county’s new rate represented a 0.8 of a percentage point decrease from July.

Unemployment in Perry County was the second highest at 6.6 percent, but that accounted for a 4 percentage point drop from its July rate of 10.6 percent.

Unemployment statewide improved for the third consecutive month in August. The rate ticked down from 4.7 percent to 4.6 percent.

 Nationally, the jobless rate also improved in August. It decreased by 0.2 of a percentage point from 5.4 percent to 5.2 percent.    

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