Nashville, TN

July unemployment drops in nearly every county

Dex Walker
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NASHVILLE, TN - According to recent statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, all 95 counties except one reported decreased unemployment in July, indicating that Tennesseans are returning to work.

Williamson County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 2.7 percent, down 0.7 percentage points from the previous month's figure. Moore County has the second-lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee at 3 percent, down 0.7 percentage points from the previous month.

Perry was the only county in the state with an unemployment rate of more than 10 percent. Its rate of 10.4 percent in July was down 2.6 percentage points from June's rate of 13 percent. Shelby County had the second-highest rate in the state for the month, at 7.5 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from June.

The only county to have a rise in unemployment was Weakley. Its rate increased from 5.2 percent to 5.5 percent during the month.

Seasonal economic factors are not taken into account when calculating county unemployment rates.

For the second month in a row, the state's unemployment rate has decreased. Tennessee's July unemployment rate of 4.7 percent was 0.2 percentage points lower than the rate of 4.9 percent in June.

In July, the national unemployment rate also improved, but it remained higher than Tennessee's. In the United States, the unemployement rate fell 0.5 percentage points to 5.4 percent.

Visit this link to get a more detailed analysis of July 2021 unemployment data. h

Tennessee is working to ensure the people in the state work-ready. Visit to get more info about jobs and training in Tennessee.

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