Most of Tennessee’s 95 counties started 2021 with lower unemployment numbers, according to data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Seventy-eight counties began the new year with a decrease in unemployment. The jobless rate remained the same in seven counties and increased in ten counties.
Rates in 24 counties came in under 5% for the month. The remaining counties, 71 out of the 95, have rates higher than 5%, but less than 10%.
Williamson County recorded the state’s lowest unemployment rate. The new rate of 3.2% is down 0.6 of a percentage point from the December 2020 statistic.
Moore County followed Williamson with a rate of 3.8%, down 0.3 of a percentage point from December, while Cheatham County had the third-lowest rate at 3.9%, a decrease from 4.4%
Cocke County had Tennessee’s highest unemployment in January increasing by two full percentage points in January to 8.5% from December’s 6.5%.
Lake County’s rate was the second-highest at 8.4 percent, which represents a 0.8 of a percentage point drop from December’s rate of 9.2%. Hardeman County had the third-highest rate, but at 7.8%, the county saw unemployment drop by 0.1 of a percentage point.
In Anderson County, the unemployment rate decreased by three-tenths of a point, falling from 5.3% in December to 5.0 % in the first month of 2021.
Campbell County’s jobless rate remained steady at 6.3% in January, as did Morgan County at 6.2%.
Roane County saw unemployment fall from 6.1% to close out 2020 to 5.8% to begin the new year, a dip of three-tenths of a percent.
Knox and Union counties each saw unemployment rates decline by half a percentage point in January, with Knox County seeing a dip from 4.7 to 4.2%, and Union County’s rate dropping from 5.9 to 5.4%.
Statewide, unemployment was down in January. Tennessee started 2021 with a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.1%, down 0.5 of a percentage point from December.
The national unemployment rate for January is 6.3%, down 0.4 of a percentage point.
The Department has compiled a comprehensive analysis of the January 2021 county unemployment data the public can access here.