Tennessee’s Statewide Unemployment Rate Holds Steady for Third Consecutive Month, State Officials Say


Tennessee’s statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2020 is 3.3 percent, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released this week.

January is the third consecutive month that Tennessee has recorded an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent. This also represents a 0.1 percent drop when comparing the latest data to the January 2019 rate, according to a TDLWD press release.

“Tennessee employers added 6,500 new jobs across the state between December and January. During that time, Tennessee saw the most significant increase in the education and health services sector with 2,900 new jobs. The administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector grew by 2,800 jobs. The retail trade sector added 2,400 new jobs over the month,” according to the press release.

“When comparing January 2019 to January 2020, employment grew by 46,100 positions statewide. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate did increase between December and January by 0.1 percent to the current rate of 3.6 percent.”

Tennesseans searching for new employment can find a variety of online resources by logging onto the state’s workforce development website, available at www.Jobs4TN.gov. They can also visit one of the more than 80 American Job Center locations that are conveniently located in cities across the state, according to the TDLWD press release.

A complete analysis of the January 2020 Tennessee labor situation is not currently available due to the March 3 tornado in Nashville.

As The Tennessee Star reported, those tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee in areas including Putnam, Wilson, Davidson, and Benton counties. Last week’s tornadoes claimed the lives of at least 25 people.

Once the Department’s offices reopen then state officials will post the analysis online, the TDLWD press release said.

Department officials are scheduled to release the January 2020 county unemployment rates at 1:30 p.m. March 12.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]





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