The jobless rate decreased in 89 counties, increased in five counties and remained the same in one county.
Tennessees unemployment rate for March fell to 7.9 percent, down from the February revised rate of 8.0 percent. The national unemployment rate for March was 8.2 percent, 0.1 percent point lower than the February rate.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county 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.
Knox County the states lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.7 percent, down from 6.1 percent in February. Davidson County was 6.6 percent, down from 7.0 percent the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent, and Shelby County was 9.1 percent, down from the February unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.
Nearby, Williamson County had the lowest unemployment rate of all 95 counties with 5.2 percent in March, down 0.4 percent from the February rate of 5.6. Sumner was ninth on the list of the 10 counties with the lowest jobless rate in March with 6.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent, from 7.5 in February. Rutherford County placed sixth on the list with lowest unemployment for March with 6.6 percent, down 0.5 percent, from the February rate of 7.1.
Scott County, in East Tennessee, again had the highest unemployment rate in March with 17.1 percent.
Specific county information is available at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/Labor Force Estimates Mar 12.pdf.