2 area counties among lowest unemployment in Tenn.

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development confirms only eight of Tennessee’s 95 counties now have single digit unemployment. Of those eight, two are in our region.

Lincoln County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in January at 8.3 percent. It is followed by Knox County, which also has the state’s lowest metropolitan unemployment rate at 8.6 percent. The other area county cracking the single digit list was Roane County at 9.6 percent. Loudon County made the top ten for lowest unemployment at 10 percent.

Eight area counties were ranked among the worst in the state with unemployment rates at 15 percent or higher. The county with the highest unemployment rate in our area was Scott County which had the eight highest in the state at 18.3 percent.

The following is the rankings for each of the counties in 21 area counties. .

1. Knox County – 8.6%
2. Roane County – 9.6%
3. Loudon County – 10.0%
4. Anderson County – 10.5%
5. Blount County – 10.7%
6. Union County – 11.6%
7. Hamblen County – 12.5%
8. Claiborne County – 12.8%
9. Cumberland County 13.2%
10. Fentress County – 14.1%
11. McMinn County – 14.2%
12. Campbell County – 14.3%
13. Sevier County – 14.7%
14. Grainger County – 15.0%
15. Jefferson County – 15.3%
16. Monroe County – 16.4%
17. Morgan County – 16.4%
18. Cocke County – 16.6%
19. Greene County – 16.6%
20. Hancock County – 18.2%
21. Scott County – 18.2%


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