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County Unemployment Rates Skyrocket throughout Tennessee

Statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development show a staggering increase in unemployment for each of Tennessee’s 95 counties in April as many businesses closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The unprecedented and historic spike in unemployment impacted some counties more drastically than others, but no area of Tennessee escaped the pandemic’s effect on the state’s workforce.

Fayette County had Tennessee’s lowest unemployment rate in April at 9.4%. Sevier County recorded Tennessee’s highest unemployment rate for the month at 29.5%.

Counties in the On Target News coverage area:

Coffee County 19.8% in April, up from the March unemployment rate of 3.4%

Bedford County 18.7% for April. March was 3.5%

Cannon County 16.2% in April. March 2.8%

Franklin County 21.1% for April. March 3.4%

Grundy County 25.3% in April. March 4.2%

Lincoln County 16.7% for April. March 6.1%

Moore County 12.4% in April. March 2.9%

Rutherford County 16.7% for April. March 2.4%

Warren County 24.3% in April. March 3.9%

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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