DeKalb Jobless Rate Climbs to 7.4% in July

August 22, 2014
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for July was 7.4%, up from 7% in June but well below the rate of 8.3% in July, 2013.

The local labor force for July, 2014 was 9,280. A total of 8,600 were employed and 690 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's Jobless Rate for July tied for second lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.

Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:
Pickett: 11.2%
Van Buren: 11.1%
White: 9.5%
Clay: 9.4%
Jackson: 8.9%
Cumberland: 8.8%
Overton: 8.2%
DeKalb: 7.4%

County unemployment rates for July 2014 show the rate increased in 86 counties, decreased in five, and remained the same in four counties.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in July at 6.3 percent, up from 6.0 in June. Knox County was 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.3 in June. The Hamilton County July rate was 7.8 percent, up from 7.2 in June. Shelby County was 9.0 percent in July, up from 8.8 in June.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July was 7.1 percent, five tenths of one percentage point higher than the 6.6 June revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

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