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Unemployment remains at 8.2 percent
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The unemployment rate in DeKalb county remained at 8.2 percent for April.While the number was the same as March, it was still up slightly from the April 2012 rate of 7.5 percent.A total of 9,730 people made up the local labor force for April, with 8,930 of those employed, 800 were out of work.Among neighboring counties, White County reported an 11.3 percent rate, Cumberland County came in at 9.5 percent, and Warren County reported a 9.3 percent rate.Jackson County’s rate for April was at 8.4 percent, Putnam County reported a 7.6 percent rate, and Macon County was at 7.5 percent.Smith County had a rate of 7.4 percent for the month, while Cannon County enjoyed a 6.5 percent rate, the eighth lowest in the state and Wilson County reported the fifth lowest rate in Tennessee, 6.5 percent.County unemployment rates for April 2013 show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in 10.Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March.Davidson County also increased from 6.2 in March to 6.5 in April.Hamilton County was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in the previous month.Shelby County was 9.2 percent, down from 9.5 percent in March.The state unemployment rate for April was at 8.0 percent, an increase from the March revised rate of 7.8 percent.The national unemployment rate for April was at 7.5 percent, a decrease of one tenth of one percentage point from March.