DeKalb Jobless Rate at 9.6% in April

June 2, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for April was at 9.6%, up slightly from the revised rate for March of 9.4% but still well below the rate of 10.3% in April, 2010

The local labor force for April was 10,090. A total of 9,120 were employed and 970 were unemployed.

Among the fourteen counties of the Upper Cumberland, DeKalb County tied for the third lowest jobless rate for the month of April. Here's how the counties rank from highest to lowest in the Upper Cumberland:

Pickett County- 14.7%
Van Buren- 12.1%
Clay- 11.7%
White-11.6%
Fentress- 11.5%
Warren-11.3%
Cumberland-10.9%
Overton-10.8%
Macon-10.7%
Jackson-10.6%
DeKalb- 9.6%
Smith-9.6%
Cannon- 9.1%
Putnam- 9.0%

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April show that the rate decreased in 46 counties, increased in 41 counties, and stayed the same in eight counties.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for April was 9.6 percent, up 0.1 from the March rate. The national unemployment rate for April 2011 was 9.0 percent, 0.2 percentage point higher than the March rate.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, up from the March rate of 6.1 percent, followed by Williamson County at 7.0 percent, up from 6.4 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 22.1 percent, up from 21.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Marshall County at 14.9 percent, down from the March rate of 15.0 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, up from 7.0 percent in March. Hamilton County was 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.8 percent, up from 8.3 percent in March, and Shelby County was 10.0 percent, unchanged from their March unemployment rate.

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