Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Sullivan County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 69,099 (2,799 unemployed)

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#49. Tipton County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 28,411 (1,177 unemployed)

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#48. Dyer County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 15,833 (667 unemployed)

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#47. Henry County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 14,355 (604 unemployed)

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#46. Lewis County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 5,745 (244 unemployed)

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#45. Roane County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 24,147 (1,007 unemployed)

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#44. White County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 11,466 (476 unemployed)

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#43. Gibson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 21,259 (924 unemployed)

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#42. Montgomery County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 87,830 (3,772 unemployed)

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#41. Grainger County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 9,943 (435 unemployed)

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#40. Pickett County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 2,199 (96 unemployed)

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#39. Stewart County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 5,347 (236 unemployed)

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#38. Union County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 8,041 (351 unemployed)

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#37. Hawkins County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 23,266 (1,054 unemployed)

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#36. Jackson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 4,723 (214 unemployed)

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#35. DeKalb County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 7,822 (356 unemployed)

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#34. Fentress County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: +0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 7,489 (343 unemployed)

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#33. Marion County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 12,458 (576 unemployed)

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#32. Benton County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 6,684 (311 unemployed)

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#31. Campbell County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 15,262 (722 unemployed)

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#30. Claiborne County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 12,908 (606 unemployed)

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#29. Greene County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 28,339 (1,329 unemployed)

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#28. McMinn County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 21,587 (1,014 unemployed)

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#27. Cumberland County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: +0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 22,490 (1,082 unemployed)

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#26. Hardin County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 9,970 (478 unemployed)

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#25. Sequatchie County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 6,278 (304 unemployed)

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#24. Carroll County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 11,288 (553 unemployed)

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#23. Hancock County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,248 (111 unemployed)

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#22. Unicoi County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 7,141 (358 unemployed)

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#21. Houston County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 3,146 (159 unemployed)

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#20. Van Buren County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 2,017 (103 unemployed)

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#19. Wayne County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: +0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 6,348 (324 unemployed)

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#18. Obion County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: +0.3%
— 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 12,237 (634 unemployed)

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#17. Rhea County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: +0.1%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 13,807 (737 unemployed)

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#16. Warren County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: +0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 16,679 (891 unemployed)

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#15. Decatur County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,266 (232 unemployed)

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#14. Hardeman County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 8,875 (478 unemployed)

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#13. Cocke County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: +0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 14,891 (823 unemployed)

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#12. Clay County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: +0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 2,723 (152 unemployed)

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#11. Lake County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 1,612 (90 unemployed)

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#10. Weakley County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
— 1 month change: +1.3%
— 1 year change: +0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 14,855 (838 unemployed)

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#9. Grundy County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,971 (283 unemployed)

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#8. McNairy County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 8,157 (465 unemployed)

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#7. Meigs County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: +0.5%
— 1 year change: +0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 5,151 (294 unemployed)

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#6. Haywood County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 7,542 (439 unemployed)

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#5. Scott County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: +0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,110 (472 unemployed)

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#4. Lauderdale County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.9%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 9,545 (559 unemployed)

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#3. Shelby County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 455,039 (27,128 unemployed)

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#2. Bledsoe County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.1%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: +0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,302 (264 unemployed)

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#1. Perry County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 2,776 (174 unemployed)