Amid historic lows in statewide unemployment figures, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for July 2017 decreased in 40 counties, increased in 24, and remained the same in 31, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Preliminary unemployment rates fell for both Tennessee and the United States. Decreasing by two-tenths of a percentage point, the state rate is 3.4% for July. The national rate fell one tenth of a percentage point to 4.3% for the month.
The unemployment rate for Marshall County went down 0.1 percent from June to July to 3.7 percent. Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.1 percent. Weakley County had the highest rate at 7.4 percent unemployment.
The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted, while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.