DICKSON COUNTY CUTS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN MAY TO ONE OF LOWEST IN STATE
By Dave Barkholz
Dickson County had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in May among Tennessee counties with a labor force of 25,000 or more.
Dickson County ended May with an unemployment rate of 8.8%.
That was 5 percentage points better than the 13.8% rate the county suffered in April before the reopening of Tennessee’s economy began to take hold.
By comparison, Dickson County had a pre-coronavirus unemployment rate of 2.8% in May a year ago, which was lower than Tennessee’s impressive 3.5% rate and a U.S. rate of 3.6%.
The only large counties with unemployment rates lower than Dickson’s in May were Williamson County at 7.4%, Knox County at 8.6% and Tipton County at 8.6%.
Sevier County, which is home to Gatlinburg and heavily dependent on tourism, had the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee in May at 18.5%.
The reopening of businesses beginning April 27 helped bring down Tennessee’s overall unemployment in May to 11.3% from 15.5% in April. The U.S. unemployment rate is 13.3%.