Majority of County Unemployment Rates Decrease in March
Nashville, TN – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March 2011, released today, show that the rate decreased in 93 counties and increased in two counties.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for March was 9.5 percent, unchanged from the revised February rate. The national unemployment rate for March 2011 was 8.8 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from the February rate of 8.9 percent.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, down from the February rate of 6.6 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 21.9 percent, down from 22.6 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 16.4 percent, down from the February rate of 18.1 percent.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.0 percent, down from 7.6 percent in February. Hamilton County was 8.1 percent, down from 8.7 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.4 percent, down from 8.7 percent in February, and Shelby County was 10.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent in February.