DeKalb Among Four Counties in State to Experience Drop in June Jobless Rate

July 29, 2011
Dwayne Page

DeKalb is one of only four counties in the state that experienced a drop in the unemployment rate for June

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June show that the rate increased in 91 counties. The four counties that decreased were DeKalb, Hawkins, Moore and Smith.

DeKalb County's jobless rate for the month of June was 10.3%, down from 10.6% in May but still higher than 9.6% in June, 2010.

The local labor force was 10,400 in June. A total of 9,350 were employed and 1,070 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for June was fourth lowest among the fourteen counties of the Upper Cumberland region as follows:

Pickett County- 15.1%
Van Buren- 13%
Clay- 12.5%
Warren- 12.2%
White- 12.2%
Jackson- 12%
Fentress- 11.8%
Cumberland- 11.4%
Overton- 11.3%
Macon- 10.8%

Meanwhile, Tennessee's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 9.8 percent, up slightly from the May revised rate of 9.7. The national unemployment rate for June 2011 was 9.2 percent, up from the May revised rate of 9.1 percent.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, up from the May rate of 6.1 percent, followed by Williamson County at 7.2 percent, up from 6.6 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 20.9 percent, up from 20.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Lauderdale County at 15.7 percent, up from 14.9 percent in May.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.0 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May. Hamilton County was 9.2 percent, up from 8.2 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 9.1 percent, up from 8.5 percent in May, and Shelby County was 11.1 percent, up from the May unemployment rate of 10.0 percent.

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