(RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENN.) School employees on their yearly summer break were one of the factors that impacted the June 2022 county unemployment rates, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). The latest statistics showed, as they typically do in June, jobless numbers increased in each of the state’s 95 counties.
Rutherford County was ranked at number 7 on the top ten list of counties with the lowest unemployment numbers in Tennessee. Rutherford was tied with Hickman and Robertson Counties with a 3.4%-jobless rate.
In Rutherford County, Smyrna continues to have the lowest unemployment figures at 3.2%, followed by LaVergne at 3.3%. Murfreesboro had a jobless rate of 3.5%.
Williamson County recorded the state’s lowest rate for the month at 2.8%, which was a 0.5 of a percentage point increase. Cheatham and Wilson counties had the next lowest rates at 3.2%, both increased by 0.6 of a percentage point.
Statewide, unemployment remained unchanged between May and June at 3.3%. The state rate is seasonally adjusted to consider seasonal impacts, like school breaks, while county unemployment data is not adjusted.
Across Tennessee, 68 counties had unemployment rates that were less than 5% in June. The remaining 27 counties had rates that came in at 5% or higher but less than 10%.
Perry County’s rate was Tennessee’s highest in June. At 6.8%, unemployment there increased by 1.3 percentage points during the month. Bledsoe County followed with an increase of 1.6 percentage points to 6.7%.
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