LC registers highest jobless rate in state

Lincoln County’s unemployment rate hit 6.2 percent in December, tying Clay County for the highest jobless rates in Tennessee.

New data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed the vast majority of counties in the state had unemployment rates below five percent during December; however, Lincoln and Clay each had a rate of 6.2 percent, which amounted to a 1.8 percent increase for Lincoln County and three-tenths of a percentage point increase for Clay County. McNairy County also had a rate at or above six percent, reporting 6.0 percent unemployment, which was 1.3 percent higher than in November.

According to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, just over 1,000 of Lincoln County’s reported workforce of 16,270 were unemployed in December of 2019, resulting in the 6.2 percent rate. In December of the previous year, 2018, Lincoln County’s rate was just 2.7 percent.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment statewide held steady in December 2019, according to the department. The latest rate of 3.3 percent remained unchanged from Tennessee’s November unemployment rate.

Nationally, unemployment also showed no movement in December. The rate held steady at 3.5 percent for the last month of 2019.

In December 2019, unemployment rates compared with the previous month decreased in 12 of the 95 counties in Tennessee, increased in 55 counties and remained unchanged in 28 counties.

Williamson County continued to have Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.2 percent, which mirrored its November rate.

Davidson, Rutherford and Cheatham counties each had an unemployment rate of 2.3 percent in December. That number held steady for Davidson County, dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point for Cheatham County and decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point in Rutherford County when compared to the November rates.

Tennesseans looking for new employment opportunities will find more than 195,000 current job openings from across the state on Tennessee’s workforce development website, www.Jobs4TN.gov. They can also find job search assistance, resume writing tips and job interview advice at more than 80 American Jobs Centers across the state.

Locally, the South Central Human Resource Agency is hosting a multi-employer job fair on Feb. 24 for all surrounding businesses and industries, both in Tennessee and Alabama.

The event will be held Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at SCHRA, located at 1437 Winchester Highway, Fayetteville.

American Job Center staff will be on site to help you get registered in Jobs4TN and apply to the job you need.

SCHRA staff will also be on site to assist participants and help prospective employees meet local employers.

For more information about the Job Fair, call Travis Wilson, SCTDD business services rep, at 931-309-0962.

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