DeKalb Jobless Rate Inches Up to 10.3% in February

March 31, 2011
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate inched up slightly to 10.3% in February, an increase from 10.2% in January according to new numbers released Thursday by the state. The local jobless rate for February a year ago was at 10.9%.

DeKalb County's Labor Force in February was at 10,030. A total of 9,000 were employed and 1,030 were unemployed

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

Pickett County- 18%
Van Buren- 13.7%
White- 12.3%
Macon- 11.4%
DeKalb 10.3%
Putnam- 9.3%

Tennessee's unemployment rate for February was 9.6 percent, up 0.2 from the revised January rate of 9.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for February 2011 was 8.9 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the January rate.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February 2011 show that the rate decreased in 57 counties, increased in 26 counties and remained the same in 12 counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, down from the January rate of 6.7 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 22.7 percent, down from 23.2 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 18.0 percent, down from the January rate of 18.4 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.6 percent, up from 7.5 percent in January. Hamilton County was 8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent in January, and Shelby County was 10.5 percent, up from 10.4 percent in January.

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