Wilson County’s unemployment rate continued a downward trend in December and stood as one of the lowest in the state.
According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, December’s jobless rate in Wilson County fell 0.2 percent to 5.2 percent compared to November’s 5.4 percent. The rate was 0.7 percent lower than a year ago.
Wilson joined 50 other counties in Tennessee with decreases in December with 29 counties’ rates increasing. Rates remained flat in 15 counties.
Wilson County also remained third in the state behind Williamson and Lincoln counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rate in December, which showed no change compared to November. The county was ranked seventh among Tennessee counties in October for lowest jobless rate.
Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 15.6 percent.
Wilson County’s rate in December represented 3,250 unemployed workers compared to a 62,240-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.
Among Tennessee’s larger cities, Lebanon’s rate for December, at 5.7 percent also fell compared to November’s 6.3 percent and October’s 7.1 percent. The city’s rate represented 760 unemployed workers compared to a 13,200-person labor force.
The Nashville-Murfreesboro-Columbia metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased by 0.1 percent in December compared to November’s 5.7 percent. The rate represents 48,940 unemployed workers compared to an 876,630-person workforce.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December also fell 0.3 percent to 7.8 percent compared to November. The statewide rate represents 237,700 jobless workers compared to a more than 3 million-person workforce.
The national unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent, which was down 0.3 percent compared to November. The national rate represents about 10.3 million unemployed workers compared to a nearly 155 million-person workforce.