DeKalb Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 6.2% in July

August 21, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's preliminary unemployment rate for July was 6.2%, the same as the revised rate for June, but up from 4.5% in July, 2007.

DeKalb County's Labor Force for July was 10,420. A total of 9,770 were employed and 650 were unemployed.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July, 2008 was 6.9 percent, 0.4 percentage point higher than the June revised rate of 6.5 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of July was 5.7 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for July 2008, released today, show that 60 counties increased. The rate decreased in 29 counties and remained the same in 6 counties.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 4.6 percent, down 0.2 from the June rate of 4.8 percent. Perry County had the state's highest at 20.3 percent, up 5.5 percent from the June rate of 14.8 percent, followed by Lauderdale County at 14.5 percent, up from 11.4 percent in June.

Knox County and Davidson County tied for the state's lowest major metropolitan rate at 5.5 percent. Knox County's rate increased 0.1 percentage point from the June rate of 5.4 percent. Davidson County's rate decreased 0.1 from the June rate of 5.6 percent. Hamilton County was at 6.1 percent, up 0.2 from the June rate of 5.9 percent, and Shelby County was 7.4 percent, down 0.1 from the June rate of 7.5.

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