DeKalb County Jobless Rate Up to 5.4% in February

March 28, 2008
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for February was 5.4%, up from 5.2% in January and 4.6% in February, 2007

The DeKalb County Labor Force for February was 10,340. A total of 9,780 were employed and 560 were unemployed.

Meanwhile Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 5.3 percent, 0.4 percent higher than the January rate of 4.9 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of February was 4.8 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February show that 82 counties increased. The rate decreased in seven counties and remained the same in six counties. County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and therefore reflect seasonal expansions and layoffs that occur during the year. The state and U.S. unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted to eliminate normal seasonal fluctuations and to indicate a more accurate measurement of actual economic change.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.9 percent. Perry County had the state's highest at 11.6 percent..

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.3 percent. Davidson County was 4.5 percent. Hamilton County was at 4.6 percent and Shelby County was 5.9 percent.

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