DeKalb Jobless Rate 9.7% in December, Up from November

January 29, 2011
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for December was at 9.7%, up from the November rate of 9.2% but still down from 11% in December, 2009.

The local labor force for December was 9,460. A total of 8,540 were employed and 920 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's jobless rate tied for fifth lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.

Here's how those counties rank from highest to lowest:

Pickett County: 15.7%
Clay: 12.2%
White: 11.8%
Fentress: 11.2%
Cumberland: 11%
Warren: 10.9%
Van Buren: 10.9%
Jackson: 10.7%
Macon: 9.7%
DeKalb :9.7%
Overton: 9.6%
Putnam: 8.7%
Smith: 8.3%

Tennessee's unemployment rate for December was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the November rate. The national unemployment rate for December 2010 was 9.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December 2010 show that the rate decreased in 52 counties, increased in 35 counties and remained the same in eight counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.2 percent, down from the November rate of 6.3 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 20.4 percent, up from 19.8 percent in the previous month, followed by Pickett County at 15.7 percent, up from the November rate of 15.4 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.8 percent, down from 7.1 percent in November. Hamilton County was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 8.3 percent, down from 8.6 percent in November, and Shelby County was 9.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from November.

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