Top 10 List

Lowest County Unemployment Rates

 

By: Pat Hunter

December 24, 2008

 

Loudon County has consistently ranked as one of the lowest unemployment rates but no more. Williamson County ranked 1st with the lowest unemployment rates followed by Lincoln County. Knox County had the 3rd lowest unemployment rates of ninety-five counties. Sevier ranked 6th lowest and Anderson County ranked 9th lowest unemployment rate. 

 

Loudon County did not make the Top 10 but it ranked 5.8 % along with Rutherford and Sumner counties.

 

In August 2007, Loudon County’s unemployment rate was at 3.8 but now the latest unemployment rate of 5.8% reflects an increase of 2%.  

 

     

August, 2008 pre.

  July  '08 rev   August  '07
Rank County Labor Force Employed Un-employed Rate Rate Change Rate Change
                   
11 Loudon County 23,280 21,940 1,340 5.8 6.4 -0.6 3.8 2.0

 

 

In contrast, Monroe County ranked among one of the highest unemployment rates.

 

To view the latest lowest and highest unemployment list from the Tennessee Department of Labor,

click http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/august2008county.pdf

 

 

Lowest County Unemployment Rates

Rank County Rate (%) Rank County Rate (%)

 

1 Williamson Co. 4.7

2 Lincoln Co. 4.8

3 Knox Co. 5.0

4 Cheatham Co. 5.3

5 Moore Co. 5.3

6 Sullivan Co. 5.5

7 Sevier Co. 5.6

8 Davidson Co. 5.6

9 Anderson Co. 5.6

10 Wilson Co. 5.7

 

Loudon Co. 5.8

Rutherford 5.8

Sumner 5.8

Roane County 5.9

Union County 5.9

Blount County 6.3

 

Highest County Unemployment Rates

Rank County Rate (%)

95 Perry Co. 16.2

94 Lauderdale Co. 12.5

93 Scott Co. 10.9

92 Monroe Co. 10.5

91 Haywood Co. 10.4

90 Lewis Co. 10.4

89 Wayne Co. 10.2

88 Henderson Co. 10.1

87 Lawrence Co. 10.1

86 Gibson Co. 10.1

 

Meigs 8.3

                       

 

SOURCE: TENNESSEE DEPT. LABOR, SEPTEMBER 2008 

 

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