Statistics released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show a staggering increase in unemployment for each of Tennessee's 95 counties in April as many businesses closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
In Giles County, the rate increased from 4.2 percent in March to 19.7 percent in April.
The report showed there were 12,371 employed and 3,030 unemployed in the county.
The unprecedented and historic spike in unemployment impacted some counties more drastically than others, but no area of Tennessee escaped the pandemic's effect on the state's workforce.
When comparing Tennessee's three largest cities, Nashville had the highest unemployment rate in April.
Statewide, unemployment reached a historic high in April. The seasonally adjusted rate of 14.7% surpassed the previous all-time high figure of 12.9% in January 1983.
Unlike the statewide unemployment rate, county unemployment statistics are not seasonally adjusted.
Tennesseans can currently find over 175,000 new employment opportunities on the state's workforce development website.
The state of Tennessee will release statewide unemployment rate for May 2020 on June 18th.