Lane County employment levels reach all-time high

30 December, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Richmond's record-low unemployment mirrors state trend

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced unemployment rates in November remained low across the state and the vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent.

Even with such low rates, Yakima County's unemployment rate in November was still above the statewide rate of 4.2 percent.

The unemployment rate was also well below recent averages on the Iron Range, with a 4.5 percent rate in Hibbing and 4 percent in Virginia. Indiana's total labor force stands at 3.32 million, and the state's 63.9 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

Last month's 5.8 percent unemployment rate is well below the 8.1 percent of November 2016 and is the lowest by far for that month since 1990. In the county, The jobless rate sits at 2.4%, which is down from 2.6% in October.

Jefferson County's smaller population compared to other counties and the abundance of seasonal leisure and hospitality employers closing their doors for months has typically kept the county high on the list for unemployment among major labor areas, Mrs. Mayforth said.

Labor force numbers for Tennessee: Tennessee's work force of 3,222,200 showed 3,123,800 working and 98,400 unemployed.


Dane, Green and Lafayette counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate among Wisconsin's 72 counties at 2 percent in November.

Unemployment estimates in surrounding counties had some decreases and some increases. The rate is an improvement from the November 2016 rate of 6.9 percent.

Shaul said hes optimistic about the employment picture for Kootenai County heading into 2018.

Employment levels are up by a modest 1.4 percent (+80 jobs) from this time previous year.

Over the past 12 months, the largest gains in the private sector were in private eduction and health services (up 600), retail (up 500), and construction (up 500). Government employment dropped by 100 jobs from past year with federal, state, and local government all posting losses from 2016.

Crawford: 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent. Rhea and Bledsoe Counties both had rates of 5.4 percent, which represents a 0.1 percentage point increase for Rhea County and a 0.5 percentage point increase for Bledsoe County.

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