Jobless rate up in Fayette

STAFF REPORTS

Fayette County’s unemployment rate, like most of the state, was up in May.

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, out of a potential 17,810 workers, 16,710 of them were employed in May, leaving 1,100 people unemployed or a rate of 6.2 percent.

That percentage is a four-tenths of a percentage point increase since April of 2015, holding with the entire state’s rise in unemployment. However, since May of 2014, a four-fifths of a percentage point decrease has occurred.

Shelby County saw a similar leap, although the total rate fell since last year. The rate, 6.7 per cent, increased from an April number of 6.1 per cent.

The May rate from 2014 was 7.5 per cent, eight-tenths of a percentage point higher than this year’s number.