DeKalb Jobless Rate Drops to 6.7%

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for December was 6.7%, down from 6.8% in November and 7.5% in December, 2014.
The local labor force for December was 7,110. A total of 6,630 were employed and 480 were unemployed.
DeKalb County’s Jobless Rate for December was sixth highest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.
Here’s how they rank from highest to lowest:
Clay: 8.5%
Van Buren: 7.8%
Cumberland: 7.5%
Jackson: 7.4%
DeKalb: 6.7%
Fentress: 6.7%
Overton: 6.2%
White: 5.6%
Warren: 5.3%
Putnam: 5.3%
Cannon: 5.3%
Smith: 4.8%
County unemployment rates for December 2015 show the rates decreased in 43 counties, increased in 35, and remained the same in 17 counties.
For the month of December, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 4.0 percent, down from November’s rate of 4.1 percent. Knox County was 4.3 percent in December, down from 4.4 the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 5.1 percent, the same as November. Shelby County was 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent the previous month.
Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for December was 5.6 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for December was 5.0 percent, unchanged from November.
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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