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Unemployment drops to 7.4 percent for DeKalb in September
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The unemployment rate in DeKalb County dropped to 7.4 percent in September.The rate is down from 8.2 percent in August and took a drop from 8.9 percent in 2011.The labor force in DeKalb was 9,740 for the month.A total of 9,010 people were employed locally, and 720 found themselves without work.In surrounding counties, White County topped the list with an 11.0 percent rate. Van Buren County’s rate was at 10.4 percent and Clay County registered 9.1 percent for September.Warren County’s rate came in at 8.6 percent, Cumberland County reported an 8.2 percent rate and Jackson County had a rate of 7.5 percent for the month.The rate for September in Smith County was at 7.1 percent; Putnam County was at 7.0 percent; Cannon County’s rate was at 6.9 percent; and Wilson County came in at 6.2 percent.County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for September show the rate decreased in 94 counties and increased in one.Knox County enjoyed the state's lowest major metropolitan rate at 5.9 percent, down from the August rate of 6.7 percent.Davidson County was 6.6 percent, down from 7.4 percent in August.Hamilton County’s rate was at 7.1 percent, down from 7.7 percent, and Shelby County was at 8.5 percent, down from 8.9 percent the previous month.Tennessee's state unemployment rate for September decreased to 8.3 percent, down from the August revised rate of 8.5 percent.The national unemployment rate for the month was at 7.8 percent, dropping 0.3 percent from the reported August 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.