Unemployment Numbers Drop
Unemployment numbers for individual counties in Tennessee were released late last week…and there is good news in that all counties in the state saw their unemployment numbers drop. The better news for Cocke County is, the county is no longer in the top 10 of highest unemployment numbers in the state. Cocke County dropped a full percentage point from 4.6% in March to 3.6% in April. A number probably fueled by numerous tourist attractions like Dollywood reopening for the season. Of a possible 14,476 eligible for unemployment, 13,971 of them are employed, leaving just 505 unemployed in Cocke County. What’s even more impressive is the unemployment rate a year ago in April of 2022 in Cocke County was 4.7%.
Other unemployment rates around the area include…Greene County at 3%…Hamblen County at 2.8%…Jefferson County at 2.7%…and Sevier County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state at 2.2%.
The lowest unemployment rate was once again in Williamson County at 1.9%..the highest is Bledsoe County on the Cumberland Plateau at 4.6%.