DeKalb Jobless Rate Drops to 9.6% in August

September 23, 2010
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for the month of August was 9.6%, down slightly from 9.7% in July. The rate for August 2009 was 10.6%

The local labor force for August was 9,880. A total of 8,930 were employed and 950 were without work.

DeKalb County's jobless rate for the month was sixth lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region. Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:

Pickett County-12.8%
White- 12%
Fentress- 11.4%
Jackson- 11.2%
Warren- 11.1%
Clay- 10.9%
Van Buren- 10.7%
Smith- 9.3%
Cannon- 9.1%
Putnam- 8.9%
Macon- 8.7%

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 9.6 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised July rate of 9.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for August 2010 was 9.6 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for August 2010 show that the rate decreased in 46 counties, increased in 33 counties and remained the same in 16 counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.8 percent, up from 19.4 percent in July, followed by Marshall County at 16.0 percent, up from July's rate of 15.7 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.6 percent, up from 7.5 percent in July. Davidson County was 9.5 percent, up from 9.3 percent. Hamilton County was 8.7 percent, up from 8.4 in July, and Shelby County was 9.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

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