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Unemployment Holds Steady

The majority of Tennessee counties recorded unemployment rates below 5% in May 2021, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Forty counties experienced a drop in unemployment during May, while rates remained the same in 18 counties. Thirty-seven counties did see some increase in unemployment for the month.

Sixty-seven of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded unemployment rates less than 5% in May, while 28 counties had rates of 5% or greater.

Clay County’s unemployment rate in May was 5.5%, up 0.1% from April. Clay County had 153 unemployed out of a labor force of 2,783.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate in May was 4.7%, up 0.1% from April. Jackson had 228 unemployed out of a workforce of 4,842.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 3.9%, down 0.1% from April. In May, 385 were recorded as unemployed out of a labor force of 9,845.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate remained steady at a rate of 4.2%. In May, 320 were unemployed out of a workforce of 7,589.

In Putnam County, the unemployment rate was up 0.1% from April. The rate for May was 4.2%. Putnam County recorded 1,489 as unemployed out of a workforce of 35,306

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