The end of seasonal holiday jobs in January can be counted as one of the contributing factors that led to higher county unemployment rates across Tennessee for the month. While statewide unemployment numbers are adjusted to consider the impacts of seasonal labor, county unemployment rates are not adjusted.
Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced an increase in unemployment during January, according to new data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Eighty counties reported rates less than 5 percent, while the remaining 15 counties had rates of 5 percent or greater, but less than 10 percent.
Williamson and Moore counties had the state’s lowest unemployment for the month. Both counties recorded rates of 2.5 percent in January. That accounted for a 0.3 of a percentage point increase for both counties when compared to their rates in December.
At 9.9 percent, Perry County had the highest unemployment rate in the state. The county’s January number more than doubled its December rate of 4.5 percent. Cocke County had Tennessee's second-highest rate for the month. Its January jobless number increased from 4 percent to 7 percent between December and January but was 0.4 of a percentage point lower than its rate one year ago.
Grundy County’s unemployment rate was 4.4. That accounted for a 0.5 of a percentage point increase when compared to its rate in December.
Statewide, January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent, the fourth consecutive month at that level.
The state of Tennessee released the January 2023 unemployment data for each of the 95 counties on March 9.
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