County Unemployment Figures Released for December

Jan 27, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Department of Labor has released its county-by-county look at unemployment for December.

Middle Tennessee’s overall jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent in December, down three-tenths from the November rate and down a full percentage point from December 2010.

Williamson County has the region’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent in December. Hickman County has the worst joblessness at 9.8 percent. Hickman and Trousdale were the only counties in the mid-state to see unemployment rise between November and December.

Year-over-year, Cheatham and Trousdale Counties have seen the biggest drop in its jobless rate, falling 1.4 percent since December 2010.

Rutherford County’s unemployment rate fell four-tenths in December and 1.2 percent year-over-year.  Joblessness currently stands at 6.9 percent in Rutherford County, meaning that just over 9400 residents are out of work.