Wilson County’s unemployment rate moved a bit higher in February compared to the previous month but remained among the lowest in the state.
According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, February’s jobless rate in Wilson County rose 0.3 percent to 5.6 percent compared to both January and December’s revised rate. February’s rate was 1.6 percent lower than a year ago.
Wilson joined 60 other counties in Tennessee with rate increases in February, with 21 counties’ rates decreasing and 13 remaining the same.
Wilson County moved from seventh in January to sixth behind Williamson, Lincoln, Rutherford, Moore and Davidson counties, respectively, for the lowest unemployment rates in February.
The county was ranked third among Tennessee counties in December for lowest jobless rate.
Scott County had the highest jobless rate with 15.8 percent.
Wilson County’s rate in February represented 3,540 unemployed workers compared to a 62,680-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 February, at 6.3 percent, rose compared to January’s 5.9 percent and December’s 5.7 percent, but remained below November’s 6.3 percent and October’s 7.1 percent. Lebanon’s rate was 2.2 percent lower than a year ago.
The city’s rate represented 850 unemployed workers compared to a 13,510-person labor force.
The Nashville-Murfreesboro-Columbia metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, increased by 0.3 percent in February compared to January’s 5.4 percent. The rate represented 49,770 unemployed workers compared to an 878,970-person workforce.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February fell 0.3 percent to 6.9 percent compared to January and decreased 1.3 percent from a year ago. The statewide rate represents 209,800 jobless workers compared to a workforce of more than 3 million people.
The national unemployment rate for February was 6.7 percent, which was up 0.1 percent compared to January and decreased by 1 percent from a year ago. The national rate represents about 10.46 million unemployed workers compared to a workforce of more than 155 million people.