Jobless rate falls in Chattanooga, remains below U.S. average

Josh Ball, a human resources senior specialist at DENSO, speaks with Larry Luttrell during a job fair put on by EPIC Talent Solutions Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tennessee. DENSO was at the event to hire a variety of employees including, but not limited to individuals with production, engineering or accounting backgrounds.

The pace of new hiring in metro Chattanooga slowed in the past 12 months compared with the rapid growth in the previous couple of years.

But unemployment in the Chattanooga area still declined during February and remained below the national average.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday that unemployment in the six-county Chattanooga metropolitan area fell during February by three tenths of a percentage point to 3.4 percent - well below the comparable U.S. non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.1 percent last month.

Jobless in February

In the 17-county Chattanooga region, the jobless rate fell last month in all area counties except Chattooga in Northwest Georgia where unemployment jumped during February to the highest rate in Georgia.* Coffee, 2.9 percent, down 0.4 percent from the previous month* Franklin, 2.9