Haslam hails May drop in TN unemployment: Only one county (Rhea) above 5 percent

First paragraphs of an email from Gov. Bill Haslam to those who signed up for such things (that’s virtually certain to be repeated in subsequent stump speeches):

We received some exciting news in June when we learned that for the first time ever recorded, 94 of Tennessee’s 95 counties had an unemployment rate below 5 percent.

As a whole, the state’s unemployment rate for May dipped down to 4 percent, down from 4.7 percent in April. The last time our state rate was that low was March 2001. Tennessee’s unemployment rate now stands better than the national unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, and our state has seen gains in both urban and rural areas.

While our lowest unemployment rates are found in more heavily populated centers, we also saw improvements in rural areas. The county with the highest unemployment rate for May, Rhea County, was at 5.1 percent, but that was a drop from 6.6 percent in April and down from 6.5 percent in May of 2016. And Rhea County received some exciting news in May when Nokian Tyres announced the company will build a new tire manufacturing facility in Dayton and create at least 400 new jobs after the passage of the IMPROVE Act.

The full Haslam email is HERE. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s press release on May unemployment figures is HERE.

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