Haslam Announces County Unemployment Rates Remain Low Across State

Emmett Rice
December 29, 2017

Putnam County's 3 percent rate was tied with Holmes County for second-lowest, the state Job and Family Services Department said.

Dubois County reclaimed sole possession of the state's lowest unemployment rate in a new state report.

Tennessee's statewide unemployment rate in November was 3.1 percent - 0.1 percent higher than October, but two percentage points lower than it was in November 2016.

The following is a list of Henderson County's neighbors, the November unemployment rate followed by the October rate. Within the city of Toledo, the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, unchanged from a year ago.

With that many counties having higher unemployment rates than York's, that means this region has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

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"The addition of 330,600 jobs over the year demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce", according to a press release. Other Midwest rates in November were: Minnesota, 3.1 percent (down from 3.3 percent); and Wisconsin, 3.2 percent (down from 3.4 percent).

Weekly averaged, unemployment insurance benefit payments were down 18 percent — from $1.6 million a year ago to $1.3 million for November 2017. Wilson County's rate in November represented 1,880 unemployed workers compared to a 69,750-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Meanwhile, New York state added 109,300 private sector jobs from November 2016 to November of this year. The rate is down from past year when it was 6.1 percent, not a statistically significant decline. Typical seasonal losses in leisure and hospitality were largely negated by strong monthly hiring in manufacturing, which added 40 jobs.

With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the US rate for more than four full years. The estimates for labor force, unemployment rates, and jobs for MA are based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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