DeKalb Jobless Rate Drops to 7.5% in April

May 29, 2012

DeKalb County's April unemployment rate dropped to 7.5%, down from 8% in March, and well below the 9.1% rate in April, 2011.

The local labor force for April was at 9,810. A total of 9,070 were employed and 740 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for April tied for third lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region with Cannon and Macon. Here's how they rank highest to lowest

Picket County- 12.1%
White- 10.6%
Van Buren-10.5%
Clay- 9.1%

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April show the rate decreased in 84 counties, increased in five counties, and remained the same in six counties.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for April fell to 7.8 percent, down from the March revised rate of 7.9 percent. The national unemployment rate for April 2012 was 8.1 percent, 0.1 percentage point lower than the March rate.

The state unemployment rate is 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.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in March. Davidson County was 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.0 percent, down from 7.3 percent, and Shelby County was 8.3 percent, down from the March unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

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