Davidson County sees unemployment rate rise to 6.7%

Figure ranks as lowest of Tennessee's major metro areas

Davidson County saw its unemployment rate rise to 6.7 percent in May from 6.5 percent in April.

Still, according to statistics the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released today, the county registered the lowest May unemployment rate of the state’s four major metropolitan areas.

Knox County (Knoxville) saw its May jobless rate increase to 6.8 from its 6.4 percent mark in April. Hamilton County (Chattanooga) had a rate of 8.2 percent, up from 7.6 percent. Shelby County (Memphis) was 9.7 percent, up from 9.2 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May was 8.3 percent, which increased 0.3 from the April revised rate of 8 percent. The national unemployment rate for May was 7.6 percent, increasing by 0.1 from the mark of the previous month.

The labor department numbers show the jobless rates increased in 82 counties, decreased in eight counties and remained the same in five counties. Specific county information is available here.

The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates from economic time series the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events.