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County Unemployment Rate Drops 1.1 Percent

County Unemployment Rate Drops 1.1 Percent

Carroll County’s May unemployment rate of 4.0 percent dropped 1.1 percent from the April rate of 5.1 percent. Neighboring Henry County’s May unemployment rate of 3.4 percent dropped 0.9 percent from the April rate of 4.3 percent. Weakley County’s May unemployment rate of 3.5 percent dropped 0.7 percent from the April rate of 4.2 percent. Benton County’s May unemployment rate of 4.2 percent dropped 1.0 percent from the April rate of 5.2 percent. Henderson County’s May unemployment rate of 3.9 percent dropped 1.0 percent from the April rate of 4.9 percent.

Carroll County’s labor force for May of 11,640 included a labor force of 11,170 employed and 470 unemployed.

Comparatively, Carroll County’s labor force for April of 11,780 included 11,170 employed and 600 unemployed.

From April to May, Carroll County employed workers remained unchanged while unemployed workers decreased by 130.

Henry County’s labor force for May of 13,710 included a labor force of 13,240 employed and 470 unemployed.

Comparatively, Henry County’s labor force for April of 13,850 included 13,250 employed and 600 unemployed.

From April to May, Henry County employed workers decreased by 10 while unemployed workers decreased by 130.

Weakley County’s labor force for May of 15,240 included 14,710 employed and 540 unemployed.

Comparatively, Weakley County’s labor force for April of 15,500 included 14,850 employed and 660 unemployed.

From April to May, Weakly County employed workers decreased by140 whileunemployed workers decreased by 120.

Benton County’s labor force for May of 6,610 included 6,330 employed and 280 unemployed.

Comparatively, Benton County’s labor force for April of 6,670 included 6,330 employed and 350 unemployed.

From April to May, Benton County’s employed workers remained unchanged and unemployed workers decreased by 70.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Area 12, including the counties of Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton and Weakley, posted an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, a decrease of 1.0 percent from April’s rate of 4.7 percent.

Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, three of the 10 counties with the highest unemployment are in West Tennessee. They are: Lauderdale (93rd place, 4.6 percent), McNairy County (88th place, 4.3 percent) and Benton (87th place, 4.2 percent).

Other top ten highest unemployment counties include: Rhea (95th place, 5.1 percent), Hancock (94th place, 4.8 percent), Houston (92nd place, 4.5 percent), Bledsoe (91st place, 4.5 percent), Jackson (90th place, 4.5 percent), Wayne (89th place, 4.3 percent) and Scott (86th place, 4.2 percent).

Nine of the 10 counties with the lowest unemployment are in Middle Tennessee. They include: Williamson (1st place, 2.0 percent), Davidson (2nd place, 2.1 percent), Wilson (3rd place, 2.2 percent), Sumner (4th place, 2.3 percent), Cheatham (5th place, 2.3 percent), Rutherford (6th place, 2.4 percent), Maury (7th place, 2.4 percent), Marshall (9th, 2.5 percent) and Dickson (10th place, 2.5 percent).

The lone East Tennessee County in the top to counties with lowest unemployment is Knox (8th place, 2.5 percent).

The seasonally adjusted U.S rate of unemployment for May of 4.3 percent decreased 0.1 percent from April’s rate of 4.4 percent.

The not seasonally adjusted U.S. rate of unemployment for May of 4.1 percent remained unchanged from April.

The seasonally adjusted Tennessee rate of unemployment for May 4.0 percent decreased 0.7 percent from April’s rate of 4.7 percent.

The not seasonally adjusted Tennessee rate of unemployment for May of 2.9 percent decreased 0.8 percent from April’s rate of 3.7 percent.

County unemployment rate changes from April to May include: rate decreased in 94 counties; rate increased in 0 counties and remained the same in 1 county.

County Unemployment Rate Range for May include: rate is less than 5.0 percent in 94 counties; rate is 5.0 percent or greater, but less than 10.0 percent in 1 county; rate is 10.0 percent or greater in 0 counties; rate is 20.0 percent or greater in 0 counties.

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