Tennessee's unemployment rate for December was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the November rate. The national unemployment rate for December 2010 was 9.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December 2010 show that the rate decreased in 52 counties, increased in 35 counties and remained the same in eight counties.
Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.2 percent, down from the November rate of 6.3 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 20.4 percent, up from 19.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 15.7 percent, up from the November rate of 15.4 percent.
Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.8 percent, down from 7.1 percent in November. Hamilton County was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent in November, and Shelby County was 9.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from November.
A total of forty five students will be competing during the Eighth Annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee Tuesday night, February 8th at 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb County High School.
WJLE will broadcast it LIVE.
Students from DeKalb Middle School, DeKalb West School, and Northside Elementary School recently competed at the school level to become eligible for the county competition.
Along with students from thirty nine other counties, the first and second place winners in the DeKalb County Spelling Bee will compete in the Tennessean Regional Spelling Bee on March 2nd at Belmont University in Nashville.
The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
The purpose of the County Wide Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling skills, increase vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
Participants in this year's County Wide Spelling Bee are:
Northside Elementary School:
Fourth Grade- Madi Cantrell, Madison Colwell, Madelyn Hale, Molly Hall, Dulce Maciel, Ashley Phillips, and Derek Young
Fifth Grade- Kayla Belk, Madison Cripps, Abbie Fontanaz, Olivia Fuson, Austin Johnson, Hayley Martin, Allison Maynard, and Shauna Pedroza.
DeKalb Middle School:
Sixth Grade-Halle Burton, Madison Dickens, and Alyssa Sewell
Seventh Grade- Chase Bryant
Eighth Grade- Brandon Chapman, Lenzi Dickens, Matthew Foutch, Kelsey Hedge, Justin Johnson, Kara Kanipe, Lauren Kilgore, Ben Mahaffey, Brooke Reffue, Makayla Starnes, and Jacob Washer.