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Unemployment Percentage Increases in Area Counties, State

Posted 3/17/20

NASHVILLE — The unemployment percentages increased in Benton, Carroll, Henry, Obion and Weakley counties in January as compared to the December 2019 rates.Benton County recorded a 5.5 percent …

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Unemployment Percentage Increases in Area Counties, State

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NASHVILLE — The unemployment percentages increased in Benton, Carroll, Henry, Obion and Weakley counties in January as compared to the December 2019 rates.

Benton County recorded a 5.5 percent rate of unemployment compared to 4.3 in December 2019 and 5.0 percent in January 2019, Benton indicated a labor force of 6,955 with 6,570 employed and 385 unemployed.

Carroll County recorded a 5.8 percent rate of unemployment compared to 4.7 one month earlier and 5.8 one year earlier. Carroll indicated a labor force of 12,069 with 11,395 employed and 701 unemployed.

Henry County recorded a 5.3 percent rate of unemployment compared to 4.2 one month earlier and 5.5 one year earlier. Henry County has a labor force of 14,282 with 13,525 employed and 757 unemployed.

Obion County recorded 5.1 percent rate of unemployment compared to 4.2 one month earlier and 9.4 one year earlier. Obion had a labor force of 12,581 with 11,944 employed and 637 unemployed.

Weakley County recorded 4.1 percent rate of unemployment compared to 3.4 one month earlier and 5.4 one year earlier. Weakley had 16,140 in the labor force and 15,483 employed leaving 657 unemployed.

As compared to December 2019, the rate increased in 94 counties and remained the same in one.

The top in unemployment includes Lincoln, Perry, Clay, Lake, Decatur, Unicoi, Hancock, Cocke, Cumberland and Sevier.

The lowest in unemployment are Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford, Wilson, Cheatham, Sumner, Knox, Robertson, Cannon, and Dickson – all in Middle Tennessee except Knox.

The city with the most persons employed is Metro Nashville with 398,491 followed by Memphis with 280,735.

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