Unemployment statistics by county re-leased; area numbers some of the worst in state

The state Department of Labor has released unemployment data for May showing Coffee County with 14.2 % of the workforce unemployed. The state average for May is 11.3% down from 15.5% for April.

According to the data, Coffee County had a May  workforce of 27,140 with 23,281 people employed, leaving 3,859 people without work.  

April showed 5,283 people without jobs in Coffee County for a 19.8% unemployment rate.

According to the state, Warren County at 17.6%, recorded the second-highest unemployment rate in May, down 7.5 percentage points from April’s rate. Sevier County tops the state with an unemployment rate for May of 18.5%.

May unemployment numbers dropped in each of Tennessee’s three largest cities. Knoxville had the most significant decrease with its rate changing from 14.7% in April to 10% in May. Nashville experienced the second biggest decrease with unemployment dropping from 16.1% in April to 12.6% in May, a difference of 3.5 percentage points. Memphis recorded a rate of 13.2%, down 1.3 percentage points from April’s rate.

The statewide unemployment statistic from May also decreased significantly. The new preliminary rate of 11.3% is down from the revised April rate of 15.5%.

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