January 2012 County Unemployment Rates

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 01:15 pm
Rate increases in 91 counties, decreases in three, and remains the same in one
NASHVILLE – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for January 2012, released today, show the rate increased in 91 counties, decreased in three counties, and remained the same in one county.
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January fell to 8.2 percent, down from the December revised rate of 8.5. The national unemployment rate for January 2012 was 8.3 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the December rate.
Lowest
County Unemployment Rates
Highest
County Unemployment Rates
1.   Williamson County
2.   Knox County
3.   Lincoln County
4.   Loudon County
5.   Washington County
6.   Wilson County
7.   Davidson County
8.   Rutherford County
9.   Sumner County
10. Blount County
5.6
6.2
6.4
6.8
7.0
7.1
7.1
7.1
7.3
7.4
95.   Scott County
94.   Obion County
93.   Pickett County
92.   Cocke County
91.   Perry County
90.   Polk County
89.   Haywood County
88.   Lauderdale County
87.   Marshall County
86.   Weakley County
18.6
16.9
16.3
13.9
13.4
13.2
13.1
13.1
12.7
12.6
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.2 percent, up from 5.9 percent in December. Davidson County was 7.1 percent, up from 7.0 percent in the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.9 percent, up from 7.4 percent, and Shelby County was 9.4 percent, up from the December unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.

County Unemployment Rate Range
January, 2012
Rate less than 5.0%
0   counties
Rate is 5.0% or greater, but less than 10.0%
40 counties
Rate is 10.0% or greater
55 counties
Rate is 20.0% or greater
0   counties


    NOTE: Specific county information is available on the Internet; enter
    http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/jan2012county.pdf 

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