Pickett County has third highest unemployment rate in state at 14.9%
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December 2011, released today, show that the rate decreased in 56 counties, increased in 27 counties, and remained the same in 12 counties.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December fell to 8.7 percent, down from the November revised rate of 9.1. The national unemployment rate for December 2011 was 8.5 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the November rate.
Williamson and Lincoln counties registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 5.4 percent. Both counties had higher rates in November with Williamson at 5.8 percent and Lincoln at 5.6 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.8 percent, up from 17.5 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 15.3, which was unchanged from the November rate.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.9 percent, down from 6.3 percent in November. Davidson County was 6.9 percent, down from 7.3 percent in the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.2 percent, down from 7.4 percent, and Shelby County was 8.8 percent, down from the November unemployment rate of 9.3 percent.
Pickett County unemployed was reported at 14.9% for December, up .4 percentage points from last month. Pickett now has the third highest unemployment in the state.
Surrounding counties reported the following rates for December: Clay County 10.8% (up from 10.5%); Putnam County 7.5% (down from 7.7%); Overton County 8.7% (down from 9.0%) and Fentress County reported 9.5% jobless rate which was unchanged from last month.