Pickett County Employment at 13.8%
Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2009 was released last week at 10.8 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the July rate of 10.7 percent. The United Statesâ€™ unemployment rate for the month of August was 9.7 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for August 2009, released today, show that the rate increased in 47 counties, decreased in 42 counties and remained the same in six counties.
Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent in July. Lauderdale County had the stateâ€™s highest unemployment rate at 19.7 percent, up from 19.5 in July, followed by Scott County at 19.2 percent, down from 19.5 percent in July.
Knox County had the stateâ€™s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.7 percent, up 0.5 percentage point from the July rate. Hamilton County was at 9.4 percent, up 0.3 percentage point from the July rate. Davidson County was 9.6 percent, up 0.4 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.6 percent, up 0.3 from the July rate.
Pickett County recorded a 13.8% unemployment rate for August, down .5 percentage points from Julyâ€™s rate of 14.3%. Surrounding counties recorded the following jobless rates for August:â€ˆClay County 13.7% (down from 13.9%); Fentress County 13.7% (up from 13.4%); Overton County 12.7% (down from 14.4%); Putnam County 10.4% (up from 9.9%).