Pickett County jobless at 17.1%â€ˆfor January
Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2009 was released last week at 8.6 percent, 1.0 percentage point higher than the December rate of 7.6 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of January was 7.6 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for January 2009, released today, show that the rate increased in all 95 counties. All counties also recorded over-the-year unemployment rate increases.
Lincoln County and Knox County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.6 percent. Perry County had the stateâ€™s highest unemployment rate at 27.3 percent, up from 20.1 in December, followed by Lauderdale County at 18.6 percent, up from 15.7 percent in December.
Knox County had the stateâ€™s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.6 percent, up 0.9 percentage point from the December rate. Davidson County was 7.0 percent, up 1.1 from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 7.4 percent, up 1.0 percentage point from the December rate, and Shelby County was 8.6 percent, up from the December rate of 7.4 percent.
Pickett County reported a 17.1%â€ˆunemployment rate for January, up 2.9 percentage points from 14.2% in December. Surrounding counties reported the following jobless rates for January: Clay County 15.6% (up from 12.8%); Fentress County 14.5% (up from 11.4%); Overton County 15.5% (up from 11%); Putnam County 9.1% (up from 7.5%); and Scott County 17.8% (up from 14.8%).