Scott County's unemployment rate fell nearly one full percentage point in July, as jobs increased slightly and the those seeking work declined, according to new data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

The new jobless rate stood at 17.2 percent in July, down from June's seasonally-adjusted rate of 18.1 percent. Scott County was one of 79 counties across Tennessee to post decreased unemployment rates.

According to the state's numbers, the estimated labor force was 8,010 in Scott County in July, nearly unchanged from June's estimate of 8,020. Total employment was 6,630, up just a tick from June's 6,620. Unemployed fell from 1,460 workers to 1,380 workers.

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