Staff Reports

NASHVILLE – The majority of Tennessee’s counties experienced a drop in unemployment, or their rates remained the same, according to the October statistics released Wednesday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Unemployment rates dropped in 26 Tennessee counties and remained the same in 36 counties when compared to September statistics. Thirty-three counties across the state experienced an increase in unemployment during October.

Wilson County ‘s rate of 3.1 percent, which held steady compared to September, remained the seventh lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Sumner and Sevier counties, respectively.

Wilson County’s rate in October represented 2,220 unemployed workers compared to a 72,090-person workforce and did not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits. Compared to the same time last year, the jobless rate was up 0.6 percent.

Lebanon’s rate for October remained flat at 3.6 percent compared to both September and August and was up 0.6 percent compared to a year ago. The city’s rate represented 540 unemployed workers, compared to a 15,130-person labor force.

Mt. Juliet’s rate for October was 3 percent and also remained flat compared to September’s revised rate and a 0.6 percent increase from a year ago. The rate represented 550 unemployed workers compared to an 18,400-person labor force.

The rate for the Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased 0.1 percent from September to land at 2.9 percent in October but increased 0.4 percent from a year ago. The rate represented 30,510 unemployed workers compared to a nearly 1.04-million-person labor force.

Williamson County continued to have the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.7 percent.