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August 2014 County Unemployment Rates

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 08:30am

NASHVILLE – County unemployment rates for August 2014, released today, show the rate decreased in 83 counties, increased in six counties, and remained the same in six counties. Specific county information for August is available on the Internet; enter


Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in August at 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 in July. Knox County was 6.3 percent in August, down from 6.6 in July. The Hamilton County August rate was 7.4 percent, down from 7.7 in July. Shelby County was 8.9 percent in August, down from 9.0 in July. Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August was 7.4 percent, three tenths of one percentage point higher than the 7.1 July revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for August was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July.

County Unemployment Rate Range

August 2014

Rate less than 5.0%

0 counties

Rate is 5.0% or greater,
but less than 10.0%

82 counties

Rate is 10.0% or greater

13 counties

Rate is 20.0% or greater

0 counties


The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.


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