DeKalb Jobless Rate Falls to 5.7%, Local Industry Seeks "Temp to Hire" Workers

May 23, 2014
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's Unemployment Rate dropped to 5.7% in April, down from 6.7% in March and well below the rate of 8.5% in April, 2013.

The news comes as Shiroki North America in Smithville seeks "Temp to Hire" workers. In an advertisement on WJLE, HG Staffing is announcing "Immediate Openings at Shiroki North America in Smithville. All positions are "Temp to Hire". Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, pass a drug screen and a background check. Persons may apply in person at Shiroki in Smithville Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or in McMinnville Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. For more information call 931-474-1300.

The local Labor Force for April was 9,050. A total of 8,530 were employed and 520 were without work.

DeKalb County's Jobless Rate for April was fifth lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.

Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:

Pickett: 9.7%
Van Buren: 8.6%
Clay: 8%
White: 7.6%
Cumberland: 6.9%
Jackson: 6.7%
Fentress: 6.7%
Warren: 6.4%
Overton: 6.2%
DeKalb: 5.7%
Putnam: 5.5%
Smith: 4.9%
Macon: 4.9%

County unemployment rates for April 2014 show the rate decreased in all 95 counties.

Davidson and Knox counties had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rates in April, both at 4.7 percent. Davidson was down from 5.5 percent in March and Knox was down from 5.6 percent. The Hamilton County April rate was 5.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March. Shelby County was 7.1 percent in April, down from 8.4 percent in March. Both Tennessee and the U.S. had April unemployment rates of 6.3 percent, and both were down from 6.7 percent in March.

The state and national unemployment rates are 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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