Unemployment rate drops in Wilson

Xavier Smith • Updated Apr 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Wilson County’s unemployment rate followed a statewide trend and decreased in February compared to January, but increased from the same time last year. 

According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, February’s jobless shrunk to 3.9 percent, a 0.5 percent decrease from January and a 0.3 percent increase from the same time last year.

Rates decreased in all 95 counties during February, according to the data.

“Not only did the unemployment rate decrease in each of the state’s metropolitan areas, more importantly, the rates are down significantly in our counties with the most unemployed Tennesseans,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips.

Wilson County remained the fourth lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson and Rutherford counties, respectively. Lake County had the highest jobless rate with 11.2 percent. 

Wilson County’s rate in February represented 2,640 unemployed workers compared to a 68,320-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

Lebanon’s rate for February dropped 0.7 percent to 4.3. The city’s rate represented 620 unemployed workers, compared to a 14,270-person labor force. 

Mt. Juliet’s rate for February decreased 0.3 percent from February’s 3.9 percent. The rate represented 610 unemployed workers compared to a 17,000-person labor force. 

The rate in the Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, also decreased 0.6 percent to 3.7 in February. The rate represented 37,140 unemployed workers compared to a 991,150-million-person labor force. 

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February came in at 4.7 percent, a 0.7 percent decrease from January. The statewide rate represented 169,700 jobless workers compared to a 3.19-million-person workforce. 

The national unemployment rate for February decreased 0.1 percent to 4.7 percent. The rate represented 7.5 million unemployed workers compared to a workforce of just more than 160 million people.

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