DeKalb Jobless Rate Climbs to 8%

December 24, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate climbed to 8% in November, up from the revised rate for October of 7.3% and up significantly from the rate of 4.9% in November 2007.

The DeKalb County Labor Force for November was 10,190. A total of 9,380 were employed and 810 were unemployed.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was at 6.9 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the October rate of 7.0 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of November was 6.7 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November show that 20 counties decreased. The rate increased in 62 counties and remained the same in 13 counties.
Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 4.6 percent,
down 0.1 percentage point from the October rate. Perry County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.8 percent, up from 17.7 in October, followed by Scott County
at 14.3 percent, up from 12.7 percent in October.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate at 5.2 percent, up 0.2 percentage point from the October rate. Davidson County was 5.5 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 5.8 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the October rate, and Shelby County was 6.8 percent, down from the October rate of 7.1.

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