Updated 11/01/2017


In September, for the first time ever, the unemployment rate was below 5 percent in every county across the state, according to an announcement from Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips. This is the second consecutive month rates have declined in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. 

Giles County's unemployment rate in September was at 2.6, which is down 0.7 from the 3.3 unemployment rate in August. In September 2016, Giles' unemployment rate was 4.5.

September also marked the fourth consecutive month Tennessee experienced a historic low statewide unemployment rate. At 3 percent, Tennessee has the lowest unemployment in the southeast and the eighth lowest rate in the nation.

Williamson County reported Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rate in September at 2.1 percent, down from 2.7 percent in August. Lawrence County is at 3.4 percent, Marshall County at 2.5 and Fayette County at 3.2 percent.

Rhea County continued to have the highest percentage of unemployed workers in Tennessee, but in September its rate fell from 6 percent to 4.9 percent. 

Additional information about Tennessee’s labor statistics, as well as job search resources and postings, can be found at Jobs4TN.gov.