DeKalb Jobless Rate Jumps to 10.7% in May

June 23, 2011
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for May was at 10.7%, up from the revised rate for April of 9.6% and higher than the rate of 9.3% in May, 2010

The local labor force for May was 10,340. A total of 9,240 were employed and 1,100 were unemployed.

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

Pickett County- 14%
Van Buren- 12.1%
Clay- 11.2%
Fentress- 11%
DeKalb- 10.7%
Cannon- 9.8%
Putnam- 8.9%

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for May show that the rate decreased in 56 counties, increased in 24 counties, and stayed the same in 15 counties.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 9.7 percent, up slightly from the April rate of 9.6. The national unemployment rate for May 2011 was 9.1 percent, up from April's 9.0 percent.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, down from the April rate of 6.6 percent, followed by Williamson County at 6.6 percent, down from 7.0 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 20.8 percent, down from 22.1 percent in the previous month, followed by Lauderdale County at 14.8 percent, unchanged from the April rate.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.4 percent, down from 7.7 percent in April. Hamilton County was 8.2 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Davidson County was 8.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent in April, and Shelby County was 10.0 percent, unchanged from their April unemployment rate

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