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Unemployment rate up for June
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DeKalb County’s unemployment rate increased by .5 percent for June, coming in at 8.3 percent, compared to 7.8 percent in May.Last month’s rate is still well below the June 2010 rate of 9.8 percent.The county shows a labor force of 10,040 for June, with 9,210 people employed and 830 out of work.Tennessee's unemployment rate rose .2 percent to 8.1 percent in June.Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis said Thursday that the June figure was the highest since January.The 7.9 percent rate was substantially lower the 9.4 percent figure reported in June 2011.The long-term average rate in the state is 6.65 percent.The rate increased in all 95 counties in June, with a rate exceeding 10 percent recorded in 48 counties.In surrounding counties, White County reported a 12.1 percent rate, up 1.0 percent from May.The rate in Warren County was at 9.9 percent, up 1.1 percent from the May report, 8.8 percent.Fentress and Jackson both showed a 9.4 percent rate, with Fentress rising .7 percent from May, and Jackson increasing .8 percent.Putnam County’s rate was 8.8 percent for June, up from 7.9 percent in May.Cannon County had a June rate of 8.5 percent, up .8 percent over the May number, and Smith County came in at 7.7 percent last month, up from 7.0 percent in May.The rate in Wilson County for June was at 7.0 percent, up .6 percent from the previous month. Williamson and Lincoln counties recorded the state’s lowest rates, both coming in at 5.9 percent, while Scott County received the dubious honor of recording the state’s highest rate, 18.5 percent.Tennessee has remained below the national unemployment rate average for six months.The national unemployment rate for June was reported at 8.2 percent, unchanged from the May rate. Government and educational services, however, declined by 17,400 jobs nationally.After seasonal adjustments, total jobs nationwide, excluding agriculture, decreased by 12,100.