Davidson sees February unemployment rate drop to 6.3%

State jobless mark ticks up slightly

Davidson County’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.5 percent in January to 6.3 percent in February, according to statistics the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released today.

County unemployment rates for February show the rate decreased in 87 counties, increased in five and stayed the same in three.

Davidson County, with its 6.3 mark, had the state’s lowest rate for major metropolitan areas. Knox County’s February rate of 6.4 percent was down from 6.5 percent in the prior month. Hamilton County was 7.7 percent, down from 8 percent, and Shelby County was 9.3 percent, down from 9.7 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, which increased one tenth of one percentage point from the January revised rate of 7.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2013 was 7.7 percent, decreasing by two tenths of one percent from the previous month's mark.

See the full statistical breakdown here.