Davidson County sees unemployment rate rise to 6%

Figure ranks as lowest of Tennessee's major metro areas

Davidson County saw its unemployment rate rise to 6 percent in June, up from 5.2 percent in May and 4.7 percent in April.

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

Knox County (Knoxville) saw its June jobless rate increase to 6.3 from its 5.3 percent mark in May. Hamilton County (Chattanooga) had a rate of 7.2 percent, up from 6.2 percent. The Shelby County (Memphis) rate was 8.8 percent, up from 7.5 percent.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 6.6 percent, up from the May revised rate of 6.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for June was 6.1 percent, down from the 6.3 mark of the previous month.

The labor department numbers show the jobless rates increased all of the state’s 95 counties in June. In may it increased in 88, decreased in five counties and remained the same in two 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.