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Unemployment drops in 94 of 95 counties in Tennessee; several to record lows


Unemployment in Williamson County dipped below 2 percent in April, and Davidson County unemployment hit a record low of 2 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Unemployment rates for 94 of Tennessee’s 95 counties dropped in April 2019 according to the data, with only Maury County’s rate of 2.8 percent remaining unchanged from March.

Ninety-four counties have rates lower than 5 percent and only one county’s rate is higher than 5 percent.

Williamson’s current rate of 1.9 percent marks a 0.5 of a percentage point drop from the previous month, and Davidson’s 2 percent also was after a 0.5 of a percentage point drop. Rutherford County followed at 2.1 percent, while Cheatham, Wilson, Moore and Sumner counties each recorded a rate of 2.2 percent in April.

Along with Davidson County, Wilson, Sumner, Smith, and Hickman counties’ rates were record lows. Rutherford County tied its all-time low rate.

“County unemployment rates continue to be extraordinarily positive,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “Across our state we are now seeing unemployment rates at or below 5 percent become the norm.”

Clay County has the state’s highest rate in April at 5.6 percent, which is a 0.4 of a percentage point decrease from the previous month. Hancock and Rhea counties have the next highest rates at 4.9 percent. Those rates represent a 0.9 of a percentage point drop for Hancock County and the rate is 0.8 of a percentage point lower in Rhea County when compared to the previous month.

Statewide, unemployment remains at Tennessee’s historic low of 3.2 percent. It is the third consecutive month the rate has been at the record level.

County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted, while the state and national rates use the seasonal adjustment to eliminate outside influences on the statistics.

A complete analysis of the April 2019 county unemployment data is available here. You can find additional information about Tennessee labor statistics on the state’s workforce development website,

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