As the Nashville Metro Area led the state in with jobs growth and
employment gains as a region, Columbia and Maury County continue to
enjoy declining jobless rates, among the most impressive in the state.
Maury County's employment rate fell to a noteworthy 3.9% in February
2016. Economists generally consider 5% "full employment" - 5% the rate indicating
normal unemployment levels in a typical, healthy economy.
February's 3.9% unemployment rate is down 0.5% from January.
The most recent labor report from the Tennessee Department of Labor and
Workforce Development includes a number of promising statistics showing
continued improvements to unemployment and increased job growth in Maury
County and Columbia, TN.
In Maury County, the unemployment rate dropped 0.5% from January 2016
and 1.4% from one year prior, February 2015, when unemployment was at
Per the report, Maury County has 42,750 people in the labor pool with 41,080 employed.
In Columbia, the report revenue led an even more promising unemployment rate decline,
albeit slightly, than for the county. The drop is most likely
attributable to continued growth and expansion of new and existing
The City of Columbia unemployment rate for February dropped 0.6% from January 2016 and 1.5% from one year ago, February 2015. Columbia has 16,620 people in the labor pool with 15,870 employed.
The City is encouraged by continued economic growth trends in business
and workforce development within Columbia and the Greater Columbia Area.