LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — According to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the local jobless rate in December was 4.1 percent, the fourth lowest in the state among Tennessee’s 95 counties.
Moore County’s rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous reporting period.
Neighboring Lincoln County registered the fifth lowest in the state at 4.2 percent, down from the previous month’s 4.3 percent.
All of Moore County’s neighboring counties registered decreases in jobless rates during the month of December.
Bedford County’s rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point in December, down to 5.6 percent unemployment.
Coffee County registered a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point, down to 5.1 percent unemployment. Franklin County also reported decreases of one-tenth of a percentage point, registering 4.8 percent unemployment during the month of December.
County unemployment rates show decreases in 43 counties and increases in 35, with rates remaining the same in 17 counties.
Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for December was 5.6 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for December was 5.0 percent, unchanged from November.
For the month of December, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.0 percent, down from November’s rate of 4.1 percent. Knox County was 4.3 percent in December, down from 4.4 the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 5.1 percent, the same as November. Shelby County was 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent the previous month.