(Rutherford County, Tenn.) Nearly every county in Tennessee experienced lower unemployment in July, according to new data provided by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Eighty-nine out of the state’s 95 counties saw their jobless numbers decrease during the month.
Rutherford County, with a jobless rate of 3.1%, ranked at number 7 on the top 10 list of counties with the lowest unemployment in the state.
In Rutherford County, Smyrna once again had the lowest unemployment rate at 3%. Murfreesboro came in at 3.2 and LaVergne's jobless rate for July was at 3.3%.
Sumner County came in just above Rutherford County at number 6 on the list with an unemployment figure of 3%. Tying at numbers 3, 4 and 5 on the list were Moore, Wilson and Sevier Counties with an unemployment rate of 2.9%.
Williamson County had the state’s lowest rate in July at 2.6%. The latest figure is down 0.2 of a percentage point when compared to June’s rate. Cheatham County’s rate dropped from 3.2% to 2.8% to become the state’s second lowest rate for the month of July.
Across the state, 73 counties recorded an unemployment rate lower than 5% in July. The remaining 22 counties had a rate of 5% or greater but less than 10%.
HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT - Perry County recorded the highest unemployment rate in the state. Its July number of 6.3% still accounted for a 0.5 of a percentage point decrease from June’s rate. Bledsoe County had the second-highest number for the month at 6.1%, which was also a 0.5 percentage point drop from the previous month.
Statewide, July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate came in at 3.3%. This is the third consecutive month the state’s jobless number has been 0.1 of a percentage away from the all-time low unemployment rate of 3.2%.
Nationally, seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped slightly between June and July, down 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%.
County unemployment rates are not adjusted to take into account seasonal impacts on employment, such as school breaks and weather events.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 3.5%. One year ago in July of 2021, the U.S. unemployment number was at 5.4%. Tennessee's unemployment rate for July was 3.3%, which is .9% lower than the unemployment figure from July of 2021.
EMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE - Tennesseans searching for employment can start at TNWorkReady.com. The site puts all of the Department’s job seeker services in one convenient location so they can find the in-person or online assistance they need.
TDLWD has prepared a complete analysis of the July 2022 unemployment data. That report is available here.
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