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Carroll County Returns to Top 10 in Unemployment

Carroll County Returns to Top 10 in Unemployment

BY JOEL WASHBURN

washburn@mckenziebanner.com

NASHVILLE — Carroll County returns to the unenviable position of being in the top 10 in unemployment across the state of Tennessee.

According to the June 2018 labor force estimates by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Carroll County is ranked the ninth highest in unemployment among the 95 counties.

From a labor force of 12,090, there were 11,390 employed and 710 unemployed. The unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, compared to 4.2 percent last month. It is up from 5.6 percent one year earlier.

McKenzie Regional Hospital announced Friday it is closing in mid-September and affecting the employment of approximately 190 employees.

Henry County had 14,300 in the labor force, of which 13,630 were employed and 670 unemployed. The unemployment percentage was 4.7. That is up 1.1 Top 10

percent from the May rate of 3.6 percent and up from the 4.6 percent one year earlier.

Weakley County had 15,710 in the labor force, 14,910 employed, and 800 unemployed. The unemployment rate was 5.1, up 1.6 from May’s rate of 3.5 percent, but down .2 percent from one year earlier.

The ten counties with the highest unemployment were Lauderdale, Bledsoe, Van Buren, McNair, Houston, Rhea, Hancock, Carroll, and Stewart.

The ten counties with the lowest unemployment were Williamson, Davidson, Sumner, Sevier, Wilson, Cheatham, Rutherford, Dickson, Knox, and Robertson.

Northwest Tennessee’s nine counties had the highest overall unemployment percentage of nine development regions. Those are Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley.

Tennessee had an average unemployment rate of 4.1 percent and the U.S. had a rate of 4.2 percent.

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