Tennessee ended 2022 with continued low unemployment across the state. The seasonally adjusted rate for December came in at 3.5%, which was unchanged from November. For the entirety of 2022, the statewide unemployment rate reached a low of 3.2% and never went above 3.5%. In a year-to-year comparison, the statewide unemployment rate is down 0.1 of a percentage point from 3.6% to 3.5%.
While county-by-county numbers will not be released until late next week, unemployment rates locally are expected to be similar to figures recorded this past November.
In November of last year, Smyrna had a 2.5% jobless rate, which was the lowest unemployment figure in Rutherford County. LaVergne's unemployment rate for November was 2.6%, while Murfreesboro recorded a 2.7% unemployment rate in November. December figures are expected to be similar, but won't be released until January 26, 2023.
Tennessee employers sustained job growth in December, adding 1,500 nonfarm positions statewide. The largest increase came in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector. The government sector added the second-largest number of jobs, followed by the mining, logging, and construction sector.
Over the year, Tennessee’s businesses helped the state’s economy grow with an increase of 104,800 new nonfarm jobs. The education and health services sector experienced the largest increase in new jobs, followed by the trade, transportation, and utilities sector, and then the leisure and hospitality sector.
An in-depth analysis of December's unemployment and labor force data can be found here.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly when compared to November, down 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%.
Employers across the state continue looking for skilled and qualified workers to help their businesses and our economy thrive. Job seekers in Tennessee can search through hundreds of thousands of job openings or find the American Job Center closest to them by logging onto TNWorkReady.com.
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