Scott County’s jobless rate was 16.1 percent in October, up two-tenths of a percentage point from September, but down a tenth of a point since the state last released unemployment rates after the August reporting period.

According to figures released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Scott County’s estimated work force was 7,770 in October, while total employment was down significantly, from 6,690 to 6,520, a decline of 170 employed workers. That number is down much less when compared to August, when the state last reported unemployment figures. In August, the state estimated 6,600 employed workers in Scott County. That figure rose sharply to 6,690 in September, when the state did not report data due to the furlough of federal employees following a partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

Unemployment was 1,260 in October according to the state’s data, unchanged from September, down 10 from August, and the lowest unemployment number locally since November 2012.

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