State unemployment rates remain steady during summer
The overall unemployment rate in Tennessee has remained steady at 8.5 percent for June, July and August.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development officials said that the numbers always increase during the summer months due to schools letting out for the summer.
With most schools across the state going back into session in August, numbers will likely drop for September.
The unemployment rate for the Lakeway Area was 10.1 percent for August—a drop when compared to the 10.6 percent rate in July.
Hancock County remains the Lakeway Area county with the highest unemployment rate at 12.5 percent. While it remains the highest, it is an improvement when compared to Hancock County’s July unemployment rate of 13.5 percent. The county is listed as 92nd in the state in unemployment.
Hawkins County again saw the lowest unemployment with an 8 percent rate. A drop from July’s 8.5 percent rate.
Jefferson County was the only county in the Lakeway Area to see a slight increase in unemployment; going from 9.5 percent in July to 9.6 percent in August.
Grainger County saw the largest decrease in unemployment dropping from 11.6 percent in July to 10.4 percent in August.
Hamblen County saw the smallest decrease, dropping from 9.2 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August.
Claiborne County dropped from 11.7 percent in July to 11.2 percent in August.
Cocke County dropped from 10.4 percent in July to 10 percent in August.
The Morristown MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) labor force of 61,860 has an overall unemployment rate of 9.5 percent. The Morristown MSA includes Hamblen, Jefferson and Grainger counties.
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer