DeKalb Jobless Rate Increases to 5.1% in December

January 25, 2008
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for December was 5.1%, up from 4.8% in November and 4.7% in December 2006.

The DeKalb County Labor Force for December was 10,220. A total of 9,700 were employed and 520 were unemployed.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.3 percent, up from the November rate of 4.9 percent. The United States' unemployment rate went up to 5.0 percent for December from 4.7 percent in November.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December show 10 counties decreased, 76 counties increased and 9 counties remained the same.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.6 percent. Knox County followed at 3.7 percent. Pickett County had the state's highest at 9.9 percent, followed by Marshall County at 9.1 percent.

Knoxville had the state's lowest major metropolitan statistical area (MSA) rate at 4.0 percent, . The Nashville-Murfreesboro MSA remained unchanged from November's 4.2 percent. The Chattanooga MSA was 4.3 percent and the Memphis MSA went up to 5.5 percent from 5.2 percent in November.

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