DeKalb Jobless Rate Drops to 9.4% in March

April 22, 2011
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate dropped to 9.4% in March, down from 10.2% in February according to new numbers released Thursday by the state. The local jobless rate for March a year ago was at 10.7%.

DeKalb County's Labor Force in March was at 10,120. A total of 9,170 were employed and 950 were unemployed

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

Pickett County- 16.4%
Van Buren- 12.4%
Fentress- 11.9%
DeKalb- 9.4%
Cannon- 8.8%
Putnam- 8.6%

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March 2011, show that the rate decreased in 93 counties and increased in two counties.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for March was 9.5 percent, unchanged from the revised February rate. The national unemployment rate for March 2011 was 8.8 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from the February rate of 8.9 percent.
Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, down from the February rate of 6.6 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 21.9 percent, down from 22.6 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 16.4 percent, down from the February rate of 18.1 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.0 percent, down from 7.6 percent in February. Hamilton County was 8.1 percent, down from 8.7 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.4 percent, down from 8.7 percent in February, and Shelby County was 10.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent in February.

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