Tennessee jobless rate continues decline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The June jobless rate in Tennessee was 5.7 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the May revised rate of 5.8 percent.

The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 5.3 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the prior month.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent to 5.7 percent, while the national rate declined from 6.1 percent to 5.3 percent.

Total nonfarm employment increased 5,500 jobs from May to June, according to a recent news release from Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, health care/social assistance, and durable goods manufacturing. Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 61,100 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.

Williamson County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in June at 4.6 percent. Davidson, Sumner, Wilson and Rutherford Counties rounded out the top five. Click here for more detailed information.

Source: Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development

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