The DeKalb County October unemployment rate was at 8.7%, down from 9.6% in September but up slightly from 8.6% in October 2010.
The local labor force in October was at 10,070. A total of 9,190 were employed and 880 were without work.
DeKalb County's unemployment rate for October was the fifth lowest among the fourteen counties of the Upper Cumberland region as follows:
Pickett County- 13.7%
Van Buren- 10.6%
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October show that the rate increased in one county, decreased in 92 counties, and two counties remained the same.
Tennessee's unemployment rate for October fell to 9.6 percent, down from the September revised rate of 9.8. The national unemployment rate for October 2011 was 9.0 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the September rate.
Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 5.8 percent, down from the September rate of 6.6 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.3 percent, down from 7.0 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.1 percent, down from 19.5 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 15.6, down from 16.9 percent in September.
Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.7 percent, down from 7.7 percent the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.8 percent, down from 8.6 percent in September. Davidson County was 7.8 percent, down from 8.7 percent in September, and Shelby County was 10.1 percent, down from the September unemployment rate of 10.8 percent