DeKalb Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 8.2% in April

June 2, 2013

The DeKalb County Unemployment Rate for April was 8.2%, the same as March but up from 7.5% in April, 2012.

The local labor force for April was 9,730. A total of 8,930 were employed and 800 were without work

DeKalb County's jobless rate for April was fifth lowest among the fourteen Upper Cumberland counties. Here's how they ranked from highest to lowest:

Pickett:13.2%
Van Buren: 11.6%
White:11.3%
Clay:10%
Cumberland: 9.5%
Warren: 9.3%
Fentress: 9.1%
Overton:8.7%
Jackson: 8.4%
DeKalb: 8.2%
Putnam: 7.6%
Macon: 7.5%
Smith: 7.4%
Cannon: 6.5%

County unemployment rates for April 2013 show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in ten.

Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March. Davidson County also increased from 6.2 in March to 6.5 in April. Hamilton County was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in the previous month. Shelby County was 9.2 percent, down from 9.5 percent in March.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April was 8.0 percent, which increased two tenths of one percentage point from the March revised rate of 7.8 percent. The national unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.5 percent, decreasing by one tenth of one percentage point from the previous month.

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.

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