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Published: May 31, 2020


NEWLY RELEASED UNEMPLOYMENT DATA FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR APRIL SHOWS A STAGGERING INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT FOR EACH OF TENNESSEE’S 95 COUNTIES AS BUSINESSES CLOSED TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. 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. AT 9.4 PERCENT, FAYETTE COUNTY HAD THE STATE’S LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, WHILE GILES COUNTY’S RATE WAS 19.7 PERCENT AND LAWRENCE COUNTY WAS AT 18.7 PERCENT. WAYNE COUNTY WAS AT 12.9 PERCENT AND MAURY COUNTY AT 22. TENNESSEANS SEARCHING FOR NEW OR BETTER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES CAN ACCESS OVER 175 THOUSAND NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AS WELL AS OTHER JOB SEARCH TOOLS ON THE STATE'S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE, JOBS-4-TN.GOV.