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January 2017 Tennessee County Unemployment Rates Rise Across the State

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee County unemployment estimates for January 2017 show the rates increased in all 95 counties.

For Montgomery County, the unemployment rate went up to 6.2 percent in January from December’s 5.3 percent.

Tennessee County Unemployment Rates for January 2017
Tennessee County Unemployment Rates for January 2017

For the month of January, Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.1 percent, increasing from 3.7 percent the previous month.

Knox County is 4.7 percent, an increase from the previous month’s 4.2 percent. The Hamilton County rate is 5.5 percent, increasing from a previous rate of 4.8 percent. Shelby County has a 6.3 percent rate, increasing from December’s 5.6 percent.

Tennessee and the U.S. have experienced an increase in the preliminary unemployment rates for January. Tennessee’s rate is 5.4 percent, increasing from the previous month’s revised rate by three-tenths of a percentage point. An increase of one-tenth raised the U.S. preliminary rate to 4.8 percent.

Tennessee County Unemployment Rate Range for January 2017
Tennessee County Unemployment Rate Range for January 2017

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted, while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Specific county information for January is available online at http://tn.gov/assets/entities/labor/attachments/Labor_Force_Estimates%2C_Jan_17.pdf

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division’s labor market information specialists. The division reports metrics and contextual information as it relates to employment, income, and population in Tennessee. Economical issues are narrated in monthly newsletters and additional resources are available on Jobs4TN.gov.

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