Unemployment increased in all 95 Tennessee counties last month, according to information released Thursday by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
The department said that the county-by-county increases could be blamed, in part, on school employees on their yearly summer break, and that the latest statistics, as they typically do in June, reflected that.
Statewide, unemployment remained unchanged between May and June at 3.3%. And, while the state rate is adjusted to consider seasonal impacts, like school breaks, 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%.
Williamson County recorded the state’s lowest rate for the month at 2.8%, which was a 0.5 of a percentage point increase.
Perry County’s rate was Tennessee’s highest in June. At 6.8%, unemployment there increased by 1.3 percentage points during the month.
Locally, Anderson County’s unemployment rate climbed by a full point, from 3.2% in May to 4.2% in June. In Campbell County, the increase was slightly higher, jumping 1.2 points from 4.0 to 5.2% last month. In Knox County, unemployment climbed by eight-tenths of a point to 3.6%, from 2.8% two months ago.
Morgan County’s unemployment rate went up by a point from 3.6% in May to 4.6% in June, Roane County’s jumped 1.1% to 4.6 from 3.5% and Union County saw a 1.2% increase in unemployment, reporting a 4.8% rate in June compared to May’s 3.6%.
TDLWD has a complete analysis of June’s county-by-county unemployment data, including labor force estimates for several of the state’s cities, which is available here.