Pickett County’s jobless at 18.4% for January
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for January was 9.5 percent, up 0.1 from the December rate. The national unemployment rate for January 2011 was 9.0 percent, 0.4 percentage point lower than the December rate.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for January 2011, released this week, show that the rate increased in 95 counties.
Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, up from the December rate of 6.2 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 23.2 percent, up from 19.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 18.4 percent, up from the December rate of 15.4 percent.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.5 percent, up from 6.8 percent in December. Hamilton County was 8.7 percent, up from 7.6 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.6 percent, up from 8.1 percent in December, and Shelby County was 10.4 percent, up from 9.4 percent in December.
Pickett County’s jobless rate was 18.4% (up 3.0 percentage points from December).
Surrounding counties recorded the following unemployment rates for January: Fentress County 13.1 (up from 11.1%); Putnam County 9.6% (up from 8.5%); Overton County 13.0% (up from 9.4%); Clay County 13.6% (up from 12.1%).