Seasonal Work Affects County Unemployment Rates in January

2024 Starts with an Uptick in County Unemployment Rates Across Tennessee
Thursday, March 07, 2024 | 01:30pm
January 2024 Top 10 Lowest and Highest County Unemployment Rates in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Holiday employment that ended at the start of the new year is one of the leading factors that caused an increase in county unemployment rates across Tennessee in January 2024. While statewide unemployment numbers are adjusted to consider the impacts of seasonal labor, county unemployment rates are not adjusted.

Ninety-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties experienced an uptick in unemployment during January, according to new data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Unemployment did decrease in Fayette County during the month and remained the same in Hardeman County.

Unemployment rates came in at less than 5% in 86 counties across the state, and rates were 5% or greater but less than 10% in the remaining nine counties.

Williamson County recorded the state’s lowest unemployment rate in January at 2.5%, which was an increase of 0.2 of a percentage point from December’s rate of 2.3%.

Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, and Cheatham counties had the next lowest rate of 2.7%, followed by Sumner, Wilson, Dickson, Davidson, and Macon counties, which all had a rate of 2.8% for the month.

Meigs, Perry, and Cocke counties each had Tennessee’s highest unemployment rate in January at 5.7%. For Meigs County, that was an increase of 1 percentage point. In Perry County, the rate increased by 1.6 percentage points. January’s rate inched up 2.1 percentage points in Cocke County.

As reported on February 29, Tennessee’s statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%.

Nationally, seasonally adjusted unemployment remained unchanged between December and January at 3.7%.

A complete analysis of the January 2024 county unemployment data for Tennessee is available here.

Job seekers can find a variety of services online and at no cost. From a virtual American Job Center to information on adult education programs to the Tennessee Office of Reentry, it is all available at

The state of Tennessee will release the statewide unemployment statistics for February 2024 on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. CDT.