DeKalb Jobless Rate Increases to 9.3% in November

December 23, 2010
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for November increased to 9.3%, up from the October rate of 8.9% but well below the jobless rate of 10.7% in November, 2009.

The labor force in DeKalb County for November was 9,770. A total of 8,870 were employed and 910 were unemployed.

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

Pickett County-15.5%
Clay- 12.2%
Fentress- 11.1%
Warren- 11%
Van Buren 10.8%
Jackson- 10.3%
Cumberland- 10.3%
Cannon- 10.1%
Overton 9.9%
Macon 9.6%
DeKalb- 9.3%
Putnam 8.7%
Smith- 8.1%

Meanwhile, Tennessee's unemployment rate for November was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the October rate. The national unemployment rate for November 2010 was 9.8 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2010, released today, show that the rate increased in 85 counties, decreased in eight counties and remained the same in two counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.3 percent, up from the October rate of 6.0 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.9 percent, up from 18.9 percent in the previous month, followed by Marshall County at 16.2 percent, up from the October rate of 15.4 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.2 percent, up from 7.0 percent in October. Hamilton County was 8.1 percent, up from 7.8 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.7 percent, unchanged from the previous month, and Shelby County was 9.9 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from October.

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