DeKalb Jobless Rate Drops to 9.8% in July

August 26, 2010
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for July was at 9.8%, down from the June rate of 10.1%. The local jobless rate for July, 2009 was 10.7%

The July labor force in DeKalb County was 9,800. A total of 8,840 were employed and 960 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's jobless rate for the month was fifth lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region. Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:

White County- 12.2%
Jackson- 11.4%
Van Buren-11.4%
Clay- 11.2%
Fentress- 11.1%
Smith- 9.6%
Cannon- 9.1%
Putnam- 9.0%
Macon- 8.9%

Meanwhile, Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 9.8 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised June rate of 10.0 percent. The national unemployment rate for July 2010 was 9.5 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for July show that the rate decreased in 87 counties, increased in 5 counties and remained the same in three counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.4 percent, down from 6.7 percent in June. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.4 percent, down from 20.8 percent, followed by Marshall County at 15.7 percent, down from 16.6 percent in the previous month.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.5 percent, down from 7.8 percent in June. Davidson County was 9.3 percent, up from 9.0 percent. Hamilton County was 8.4 percent, down from 9.1 in June, and Shelby County was 9.9 percent, down from 10.5.

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