Data released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) indicates unemployment increased in ALL of Tennessee's 95 counties during June 2019.
Sixty-one counties had unemployment rates below 5 percent, while 34 counties had unemployment rates at, or above, 5 percent.
With a rate of 3 percent, both Williamson and Davidson counties had the state's lowest unemployment. The new figure represents a 0.8 of a percentage point increase for Williamson County and a 0.7 of a percentage point jump for Davidson County.
Hancock County recorded Tennessee's highest unemployment in June. At 7.7 percent, the county saw a 2.4 percentage point increase in unemployment when compared to May. The rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than it was in June of last year.
“No one likes to see unemployment increase in every county across the state,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “But the rates typically increase this time of year because we see a lot of seasonal unemployment during the summer months, mostly because school is not in session.”
Tennessee's statewide unemployment rate also experienced an uptick. The June statistic was 3.4 percent, up 0.1 of a percentage point from the previous month. The state reached its all-time low unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in February and it remained at the level for three consecutive months.
Nationally, unemployment increased from 3.6 percent to 3.7 percent in June.
Wayne County’s unemployment rate for the month of June came in at 5.2 percent, an increase from the May rate of 4.0 percent. The unemployment rate in Wayne County was slightly higher one year ago, coming in at 5.6 percent in June 2018. The data shows that Wayne County had a total labor force of 6,184 in June of this year, with 5,860 employed and 324 unemployed.
June unemployment rates in surrounding counties were slightly lower than in Wayne County, with Lawrence County coming in at 4.8 percent and Perry County at 5.1 percent. Hardin County came in at the same rate as Wayne County, 5.2 percent.