Marshall County's unemployment drops to 6.1 percent
Marshall County's preliminary unemployment rate for February was 6.1 percent, an improvement from both the revised January rate of 6.9 percent and from the February 2014 rate of 6.6 percent, according to figures released by Tennessee Deparment of Labor and Workforce Development.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," said County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett.
"I hope that's an indicator of it. It's nice to be headed in the right direction."
Out of Marshall County's total labor force of 14,420, 13,550 were employed while 880 were unemployed.
Surrounding county rates for February include Maury County, 5.6 percent; Williamson, 4.3 percent; Rutherford, 4.9 percent; Bedford, 6.8 percent; Lincoln, 5.6 percent; and Giles, 5.8 percent.
Liggett said that Marshall County, which at one point in the past had the highest unemployment rate in the state, has continued to show improvement and is positioned well to continue to improve even if it suffers isolated setbacks.
The rate decreased in all 95 Tennessee counties during February, according to the state.
The statewide rate was 6.6 percent, a tenth of a percentage point lower than the January revised rate, which was 6.7 percent. The statewide rate, however, is seasonally adjusted to take into account weather, holidays, school calendars and other factors that cause a predictable rise or fall in employment. County rates are not adjusted in this way, and so it's sometimes misleading to compare an individual county rate to the state rate.
Three counties reported two-digit unemployment: Clay County, at 11.1 percent, Scott County, at 10.7 percent, and Cocke County, at 10.3 percent.
Complete county figures are available at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborFEB2015.pdf