Unemployment Drops in Every Tennessee County
January 28, 2021
Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced decreased unemployment in November 2020, according to new data released Thursday by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
Unemployment rates in 41 counties are now less than 5%. Fifty-four counties recorded rates of 5% or higher during the month.
Lewis County decreased from 7.5 percent to 5.2 percent. Area counties also showed a decrease: Lawrence, 4.9 percent from 6.7 percent; Hickman, 4.1 percent from 5.9 percent; Maury, 4.5 percent from 6.4 percent; Perry, 6.4 percent from 8 percent; and Wayne, 5.8 percent from 7.7 percent.
Williamson County had the lowest unemployment rate. At 3.3%, its November rate dropped by 1.3 percentage points when compared to October. The new rate is just one percentage point higher than it was in November 2019.
At 3.6%, Moore County had the state’s second-lowest rate for the month. The new figure is 1 percentage point lower than its October rate of 4.6%.
Statewide, Tennessee experienced significantly lower unemployment during the month. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November is 5.3%, a two percentage point drop from October’s revised rate of 7.3%. The new statistic is just two percentage points higher than the state’s unemployment rate one year ago in November.
The state offers online options for Tennesseans searching for employment. Currently, on the state’s workforce development website, Jobs4TN.gov, job seekers can find more than 230,000 open positions in a wide range of occupations and skill levels.
TDLWD recently launched the Tennessee Virtual American Job Center (VAJC). The new website located at http://www.TNVirtualAJC.com allows Tennesseans to research different programs, from different state agencies, that can help them remove barriers to employment so they can more easily reenter Tennessee’s workforce. The VAJC allows job seekers to do this on their schedule, anytime, anywhere.
The state of Tennessee will release the December 2020 unemployment statewide rate Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. CT.