Scott County's jobless rate dropped one full percentage point in August — one of the largest decreases in the state in a month that saw 77 of Tennessee's 95 counties post unemployment rate improvements — to 16.2 percent.
However, the good news was tempered by the same unemployment report, which showed total employment drop to a five-month low.
According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, total employment in Scott County dropped from 6,630 in July to 6,600 in August. The one-point drop in the unemployment rate was largely due to a reduction in the estimated work force — down from 8,010 to a 19-year low of 7,870. Scott County's estimated labor force was last below August's estimate in December 1994.