According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, September’s jobless rate was 4.1 percent, a 0.1 percent increase from August and a 0.7 decrease from the same time last year.
Rates decreased in 21 counties, increased in 46 and remained the same in 28 counties in September. Wilson County slipped one spot to fifth lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford and Moore counties, respectively.
Hancock County had the highest jobless rate with 8.4 percent.
Wilson County’s rate in September represented 2,750 unemployed workers compared to a 67,100-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.
Lebanon’s rate for September increased 0.2 percent from August to 5.1 percent. The city’s rate represented 720 unemployed workers, compared to a 14,090-person labor force.
Mt. Juliet’s rate for September also increased 0.2 percent from August to 3.9 percent. The rate represented 630 unemployed workers compared to a 16,010-person labor force.
The Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, rate increased 0.2 percent to 4.1 from August. The rate represented 42,250 unemployed workers compared to a 1.03-million-person labor force.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for September came in at 4.6 percent, a 0.2 percent increase from August. The statewide rate represented 146,100 jobless workers compared to a 3.15-million-person workforce.
The national unemployment rate for September increased 0.1 percent to at 5 percent. The rate represented 7.93 million unemployed workers compared to a workforce of nearly 160 million people.