Tennessee’s 2020 unemployment rate dwarfs numbers from previous year

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Star Staff Reports

While employers did create new jobs in December, year-to-year statistics show the state still has a deficit when compared to December 2019. There were 100,300 fewer jobs in the state in December 2020. Tennessee’s leisure/hospitality industry has endured the most job loss during the pandemic.
The manufacturing and government sectors have also been hit hard with job losses.
Nationally, seasonally adjusted unemployment was unchanged between November and December and held steady at 6.7%.
TDLWD has a complete analysis of the state’s December unemployment data, including wage information, available here.
Job seekers will find more than 230,000 employment listings on the state’s workforce development website, Jobs4TN.gov.
The Tennessee Virtual American Job Center (VAJC) www.TNVirtualAJC.com allows Tennesseans to research different programs that can help them remove barriers to employment so they can more easily reenter Tennessee’s workforce. The VAJC allows job seekers to do this on their schedule, anytime, anywhere.
 The state of Tennessee released the December 2020 unemployment rates for each county in the state on Jan. 28.