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Unemployment Rates In Nearly All Tennessee Counties Remained Under 5.0 Percent In October

Editor’s Note: The reason for the “low unemployment” is the same reason large companies are moving to Tennessee. That REASON is that employers KNOW their liability for worker’s comp will be limited because it is nearly impossible for employees injured on the job to be fairly compensated under workman’s compensation in Tennessee due to a number of recent revisions of Tennessee worker’s comp laws. The problem is made worse by Obamacare, soon to be Trump care, by causing employers to hire as many part-time employees as possible so as not to be required to pay for health insurance for those employees. Often people are forced to get multiple part time jobs to make up the income. As part timers working for multiple employers the only work comp possible is from the job on which they were hurt, leaving them often incapable of working any other jobs they held before getting hurt. Furthermore when one’s unemployment pay runs out those who have not found work are not counted in the “unemployment” statistics. In short you should question the release below, even perhaps the stated unemployment rate itself unless it comes from a source outside government. [Mike Warner, Editor,]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 1:30pm

State Continues to Experience Record Low Unemployment  

NASHVILLE – Nearly all Tennessee counties continued to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in October 2017, following a record-breaking September when, for the first time ever, each of the state’s 95 counties experienced a rate below 5.0 percent.

October marked the fifth consecutive month Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate was in record territory, matching the all-time low of 3.0 percent set the month before.

“To have so many counties under 5.0 percent unemployment, as we head into the holiday season, is a good thing,” said Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.  “It means more Tennesseans are able to provide for their families and that is the goal of Governor Haslam’s workforce initiatives.”

Williamson and Davidson Counties continue to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rates at 2.2 percent.  Williamson County’s rate increased by 0.1 percent in October, while Davidson County’s rate held steady compared to the previous month.  Rutherford County’s rate was also unchanged at 2.3 percent.

Cheatham, Wilson, Moore, and Sumner Counties each had a rate of 2.4 percent.  That represents at 0.1 percent increase for Cheatham, Wilson and Sumner Counties and 0.1 percent decease for Moore County.  Sevier County’s unemployment rate remained at 2.5 percent in October.  Knox County increased by 0.1 percent to 2.6 percent and Smith County’s rate remained the same at 2.6 percent.

While two counties saw an increase above the 5.0 percent threshold, their rates are still below 5.5 percent.  Rhea County has the state’s highest unemployment at 5.4 percent, up from 4.9 percent in September.  Lauderdale County’s rate increased to 5.3 percent, from 4.6 percent the previous month.

Looking at the entire state, October unemployment rates decreased in four counties, remained the same in seven counties and increased in 84 counties.  Ninety-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties continue to have unemployment rates below 5.0 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted, while the county 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 an economic time series.​

Unemployment data for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties is available here and additional information about the state’s labor statistics can be found at

The November 2017 statewide unemployment rate will be released on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CT.


Labor & Workforce Development

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