Pickett jobless at 12.1% for December
County unemployment rates for December 2013, released this week, show the rate decreased in 51 counties, increased in 29 counties, and remained the same in 15.
Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November. Knox County’s December rate was also 5.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent the previous month. Hamilton County was unchanged at 7.3 percent. Shelby County was 9.1 percent, down from 9.4 percent in November. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December is 7.8 percent, which is three tenths of one percentage point lower than the November revised rate. The national unemployment rate for December 2013 was 6.7 percent, down three tenths of one percentage point from November.
Pickett County jobless for December was reported at 12.1%, up from November’s rate of 11.9%. Surrounding counties had the following unemployment rates for December: Overton County 7.9%, down from 8.2%; Fentress County 8.0%, down slightly from 8.1%. Putnam County was unchanged at 6.6%; and Clay County reported a rate of 9.8%, down from 9.9%.