Jobless rate down in Fayette for February

Fayette County’s unemployment rate was down 1.1 percent in February.
According to data released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the county’s jobless rate for February was 7.1 percent. January’s rate was 8.2 percent.
Fayette’s rate remains nearly 1 percent lower than Memphis and reflects an estimated 1,260 unemployed residents out of a labor force of 17,590 residents. The rate one year ago was 7.9 percent.
Germantown had the Shelby County’s lowest rate at 4.9 percent, followed by Collierville and Bartlett (5.5 percent).
Among Shelby County municipalities with a population over 25,000, Germantown has the smallest labor force. Bartlett’s is 29,440.
The jobless rate in Memphis was 8 percent in February, the second highest among Tennessee cities with a population over 25,000. At 8.2 percent, Morristown has the highest rate.
Williamson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in February at 4.3 percent.
Shelby County was 7.2 percent in February, down from 8.1 percent the previous month.
Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for February was 6.6 percent.
The national rate for February was 5.5 percent, down two-tenths of one percentage point from the previous month.