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Carroll County Remains Top 10 in Unemployment

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NASHVILLE — Carroll County remains in the top 10 in unemployment across the State of Tennessee.

According to the July 2018 labor force estimates from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Carroll County remains the ninth highest in unemployment among Tennessee’s 95 counties.

From a listed labor force of 12,060, there were 11,310 employed and 740 unemployed. The unemployment rate for this month is 6.2 percent compared to 5.8 percent last month. It is up considerably from 5.3 percent one year earlier.

Approximately 190 employees will soon be affected by the mid-September closing of McKenzie Regional Hospital.

Henry County had 14,370 in the labor force, 13,690 employed, and 690 unemployed. The unemployment percentage was 4.8, up 0.1 percent from June’s rate of 4.7 percent and up 0.4 percent from 4.4 percent one year ago.

Weakley County currently leads the state in unemployment. It had 15,490 in the labor force with 14,310 employed and 1,180 unemployed. The rate for July is 7.6 percent up 2.6 percent from June’s 5.0 percent and up 0.5 over the 7.1 percent one year ago.

The ten counties with the highest unemployment were Weakley, Lauderdale, Bledsoe, Houston, Obion, Hancock, McNairy, Rhea, Carroll and Haywood.

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

The nine counties of the Northwest Tennessee Economic Development region continue to have the highest unemployment of the state’s nine development regions. The counties include Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley.

Tennessee had an average unemployment rate of 4.0 percent while the U.S. had a rate of 4.1 percent.

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