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DeKalb unemployment rate drops slightly
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DeKalb County bucked the state unemployment trend for June, coming in as one of four counties with a decrease in the number of people out of work last month.Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates released last week show that the rate increased in 91 counties in June.The four counties that decreased were Hawkins, Moore, Smith and Dekalb.Of DeKalb’s 10,420 employable workforce, 9,350 had jobs in June, while 1,070 found themselves without work.The unemployment rate in Dekalb stood at 10.3 percent last month, down from 10.6 percent in May. The seasonally-adjusted rate for the state of Tennessee for June was 9.8 percent, up slightly from the May revised rate of 9.7.The national unemployment rate for June 2011 was 9.2 percent, up from the May revised rate of 9.1 percent.Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, up from the May rate of 6.1 percent, followed by Williamson County at 7.2 percent, up from 6.6 percent.Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.9 percent, up from 20.7 percent in the previous month, followed by Lauderdale County at 15.7 percent, up from 14.9 percent in May.Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.0 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May.Hamilton County was 9.2 percent, up from 8.2 percent the previous month. Davidson County was 9.1 percent, up from 8.5 percent in May, and Shelby County was 11.1 percent, up from the May unemployment rate of 10.0 percent.