Pickett unemployed at 12.2% for October
County unemployment rates for October 2013, released this week, show the rate increased in 64 counties, decreased in 18, and remained the same in 13 counties.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides unemployment data to states each month including household and business surveys that contribute toward the monthly calculation. The BLS delayed release of state rate information due to the recent federal shutdown, but normal monthly rate announcements will resume in December. The revised schedule for state and county unemployment rate releases can be found at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/news/tfs.shtml.
Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.7 percent, unchanged from September. Knox County’s October rate was also 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 percent the previous month. Hamilton County was unchanged at 8.0 percent. Shelby County was 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent in September.
Pickett County reported a 12.2% unemployment rate for October, up from September’s rate of 11.7%. Surrounding counties reported the following jobless rates for October: Overton County 8.2% (up from 8.0%); Putnam County 7.7% (up from 7.5%); Fentress County 9.0% (up slightly from 8.9%); and Scott County 16.1% (up from 15.9%).