|DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT|
Eighty of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded an unemployment rate in March 2019 that is lower compared to the same time last year according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
Also, in the year-to-year comparison, the rates in nine counties held steady, while six counties saw increases.
Williamson County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent, which is a 0.3 of a percentage point increase from February but is still 0.1 of a percentage point lower than this time last year.
Comparing March 2019 statistics to the previous month, 69 counties experienced a slight uptick in unemployment, while rates decreased in 17 counties and remained the same in nine Tennessee counties.
“Even though many counties did see a small increase in their unemployment rates, Tennessee continues a pattern of low unemployment,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “Unemployment in many areas of the state mirrors or is even lower than it was the same month last year.”
Davidson and Rutherford counties follow with a March rate of 2.5 percent. The latest statistics represent a 0.2 of a percentage point increase for both counties, but the current rates still best their March 2018 numbers.