Unemployment Up in All 95 Tennessee Counties

The end of seasonal holiday jobs in January can be counted as one of the contributing factors that led to higher county unemployment rates across Tennessee for the month. While statewide unemployment numbers are adjusted to consider the impacts of seasonal labor, county unemployment rates are not adjusted, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Each of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw an increase in unemployment during January. 80 counties reported rates less than 5%, while the remaining 15 had rates of 5% or greater, but less than 10%. Williamson and Moore counties had the state’s lowest unemployment for the month. Both counties recorded rates of 2.5% in January. That accounted for a 0.3 of a percentage point increase for both counties when compared to their rates in December.

Locally, in Anderson County, unemployment climbed by a half a point from December’s 2.9 to 3.4% in January. Also climbing by a half a point last month were unemployment rates in Roane County—which went from 3.3% to 3.8% – and Knox County, where the rate went from 2.5 to 3.0%.

The largest increase in our area was in Morgan County, where unemployment rose by a full percentage point, going from 3.7% to close out 2022 to 4.7% in January. Campbell County’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.5% last month, an increase of eight-tenths of a point from December’s 3.7%.

Statewide, January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, the fourth consecutive month at that level.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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