December Employment Numbers Are In

New data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed the vast majority of counties in the state had unemployment rates below 5% during December 2019.
In December 2019, unemployment rates compared with the previous month decreased in 12 counties, increased in 55 counties, and remained unchanged in 28 counties.

Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%, which mirrored its November rate.
Lincoln and Clay counties recorded the state’s highest unemployment in December. Each has a rate of 6.2%, which amounted to a 1.8% increase for Lincoln County and 0.3% for Clay County.

 In Cannon County, 180 residents were unemployed generating an unemployment rate of 2.7, down from 2.8 in November.  Among the counties neighboring Cannon, the 2.7 rate was in the middle.  Rutherford had the lowest 2.3, followed by Wilson and Warren with 2.4 percent. DeKalb’s rate was highest with 3.8 followed by Coffee with 3.2 percent.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment statewide held steady in December. The latest rate of 3.3% remained unchanged from Tennessee’s November unemployment rate.
Tennesseans looking for new employment opportunities will find more than 195,000 current job openings from across the state on Tennessee’s workforce development website, They can also find job search assistance, resume writing tips, and job interview advice at more than 80 American Jobs Centers across the state.