February 2012 County Unemployment Rates

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 12:15 pm
Rate Decreases in 75 Counties, Increases in 10, and Remains the Same in 10

NASHVILLE
– County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February 2012, released today, show the rate decreased in 75 counties, increased in 10 counties, and remained the same in 10 counties.
 
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February fell to 8.0 percent, down from the January revised rate of 8.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2012 was 8.3 percent, unchanged from the January rate.

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

 
Lowest County Unemployment Rates
Highest County Unemployment Rates
1.   Williamson County
2.   Knox County
3.   Lincoln County
4.   Loudon County
5.   Washington County
6.   Davidson County
7.   Wilson County
8.   Rutherford County
9.   Robertson County
10. Sumner County
5.6
6.1
6.5
6.7
6.9
7.0
7.0
7.1
7.4
7.5
95.   Scott County
94.   Pickett County
93.   Obion County
92.   Cocke County
91.   Lauderdale County
90.   Perry County
89.   Marshall County
88.   Haywood County
87.   Sevier County
86.   Weakley County
17.6
15.9
15.4
13.4
13.0
12.9
12.7
12.4
12.4
12.1

Knox
County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in January. Davidson County was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent, and Shelby County was 9.2 percent, down from the January unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. 
 
County Unemployment Rate Range - February, 2012
Rate less than 5.0%
0   counties
Rate is 5.0% or greater, but less than 10.0%
47 counties
Rate is 10.0% or greater
48 counties
Rate is 20.0% or greater
0   counties
 

NOTE: Specific county information is available on the Internet;
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/Labor Force Estimates Feb '12.pdf

 
 
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