Unemployment drops in all 95 counties in April

(TDLWD) Statewide, Tennessee continued to experience near-record low unemployment in April, and county jobless rates for the month were just as impressive. The latest numbers for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) show county unemployment decreased from Shelby to Sullivan counties during the month.
All 95 counties in Tennessee reported lower unemployment in April and each county had a rate below 5%.
Williamson County recorded the lowest statistic in the state and its April rate was the lowest the county has seen in the last 22 years. At 1.9%, unemployment in the county decreased by 0.5 of a percentage point when compared to March.

Remarkably the rates in the ten counties with the highest unemployment ranged from 4.6% to 3.6%.
Bledsoe County had the state’s highest rate. But, the new 4.6% was down 0.7 of a percentage point from March.
Locally, Anderson County saw its unemployment rate plummet by six-tenths of a point, falling from 3.1% in March to 2.5% last month. Campbell County also experienced a six-tenths of a point decline from March, falling from 3.9 to 3.3% in April.

Knox County’s unemployment rate fell by a half a point from March’s 2.6% to 2.1% in April.

The unemployment rate in Morgan County fell by a whopping eight-tenths of a percent last month, dropping from 3.9 to 3.1%. In Roane County, there was a six-tenths of a point drop in unemployment, as the rate tumbled from 3.4 to 2.8%.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.3%, down 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s rate. It is also just above Tennessee’s all-time lowest unemployment rate of 3.2%.
Across the country, seasonally adjusted unemployment also decreased in April, down 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.4%.
A complete analysis of the April 2023 county unemployment data and other labor force information is available here.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:30 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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