NASHVILLE – Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2006 was released last week at 4.7 percent, 0.3 percent lower than the November rate of 5.0 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of December was 4.5 percent. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December 2006, released today, show that 87 counties decreased, six counties increased and two counties remained the same. Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 2.6 percent, down from 3.0 percent in November. Pickett County was the state’s highest at 8.8 percent, down from 9.0 in November, followed by Clay County at 8.6 percent, down from 9.3 in November.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 in November. Davidson County is 3.6 percent, down from 4.1 in November. Hamilton County is at 3.7 percent, down from 4.0 in November, and Shelby County is 5.0 percent, down from the November rate of 5.4.