DeKalb Jobless Rate Increased to 6.3% In May

June 26, 2014
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's Unemployment Rate increased to 6.3% in May, up from 5.7% in April but well below the rate of 8.4% in May, 2013.

The local Labor Force for May was 9,220. A total of 8,640 were employed and 580 were without work.

DeKalb County's Jobless Rate for May was fifth lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.

Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:
Pickett: 9.9%
Van Buren: 8.8%
Clay: 8.4%
White: 8.4%
Jackson: 7.5%
Cumberland: 7.4%
Fentress: 7.4%
Overton: 7.1%
Warren: 6.9%
DeKalb: 6.3%
Putnam: 6.2%
Macon: 5.8%
Cannon: 5.5%

County unemployment rates for May 2014 show the rate decreased in five counties, increased in 88, and remained the same in two.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in May at 5.2 percent, up from 4.7 percent in April. Knox County was 5.3 percent in May, also up from 4.7 in April. The Hamilton County May rate was 6.2 percent, up from 5.6 percent in April. Shelby County was 7.5 percent in May, up from 7.0 percent in April. The Tennessee unemployment rate for May was 6.4 percent, and the U.S. rate was 6.3 percent; both were 6.3 percent in April.

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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