Published: April 4, 2021


AS A FURTHER INDICATION THE STATE OF TENNESSEE'S ECONOMIC TURNAROUND CONTINUES, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR FEBRUARY 2021 DROPPED IN NEARLY EVERY COUNTY, ACCORDING TO NEW DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. NINETY COUNTIES EXPERIENCED LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT DURING THE MONTH. FOUR COUNTIES RECORDED AN INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT, WHILE SMITH COUNTY'S FEBRUARY RATE REMAINED UNCHANGED FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH. UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ARE LESS THAN 5% IN 39 OF THE STATE'S 95 COUNTIES AND UNDER 10% IN THE REMAINING 56 COUNTIES. WILLIAMSON COUNTY CONTINUED TO HAVE THE STATE'S LOWEST JOBLESS RATE IN FEBRUARY AT 3.1%, WHILE GILES COUNTY CAME IN AT 4.7, LAWRENCE AND LEWIS COUNTIES AT 5.1, LINCOLN COUNTY AT 4.6, MARSHALL COUNTY AT 4.7, MAURY COUNTY AT 4.5 AND WAYNE COUNTY AT 5.5. STATEWIDE, UNEMPLOYMENT DROPPED TO 4.9% IN FEBRUARY, DOWN 0.2 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH. THERE ARE CURRENTLY MORE THAN 215,000 JOB OPENINGS POSTED ON JOBS4TN.GOV.