(Rutherford County, TN) Unemployment in a majority of Tennessee’s counties remained below 5% during October 2022, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Eighty-nine counties recorded rates below 5%, while the remaining six counties had rates at or over that threshold.
In October, every county in the state experienced a small uptick in their unemployment rates. However, the upswing was only a slight increase that was barely felt in places like Rutherford County, where the unemployment rate came in at 2.7%. October's jobless rate placed Rutherford County at number 5 on the list of counties with the lowest unemployment numbers in the Volunteer State.
Williamson County had the lowest rate in the state for the month. At 2.4%, the county’s jobless number inched up by 0.3 of a percentage point.
Moore, Cheatham, and Wilson counties had the next lowest rates at 2.6%. Moore County’s rate experienced an uptick of 0.2 of a percentage point, while Cheatham and Wilson counties each saw their rates increase by 0.3 of a percentage point.
Bledsoe County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate in October. At 5.4%, its rate grew by 0.6 of a percentage point.
Scott and Perry counties had the next highest rates for the month. Scott County’s rate went from 4.5% to 5.2% and Perry County’s rate increased from 4.7% to 5.2%.
Statewide, October’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained low at 3.5% and still near the record low of 3.2%.
Across the nation, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate grew by 0.2 of a percentage point in October to 3.7%. Compared to October 2021, the national rate is down 0.9 of a percentage point.
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