DeKalb Jobless Rate Falls to 7.1% in November

December 27, 2013
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's Unemployment rate for November was 7.1%, down from 8.1% in October. The rate for November 2012 was also 7.1%.

The local labor force for November 2013 was 9,560. A total of 8,880 were employed and 680 were without work.

DeKalb County's jobless rate for November was fifth lowest in the Upper Cumberland Region. Here's how the fourteen counties ranked from highest to lowest:

Pickett County: 12%
Van Buren County: 10%
Clay County: 10%
White County: 9.9%
Jackson County: 9.2%
Cumberland County: 8.4%
Overton County: 8.3%
Fentress County: 8.1%
Warren County: 7.9%
DeKalb County: 7.1%
Macon County: 6.6%
Putnam County: 6.6%
Smith County: 6.1%
Cannon County: 5.8%

County unemployment rates for November show the rate increased in one county, decreased in 93, and remained the same in one county.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.8 percent, down from 6.7 percent in October. Knox County’s November rate was 5.9 percent, down from 6.7 percent the previous month. Hamilton County was down from 8.0 to 7.1 percent. Shelby County was 9.4 percent, down from 10.1 percent in October.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November is 8.1 percent, which is four tenths of one percentage point lower than the October revised rate. The national unemployment rate for November 2013 was 7.0 percent, down three tenths of one percentage point from October.

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