Scott County's unemployment rate marked its fourth consecutive year as the highest jobless rate in the state with the release of the latest round of jobs numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Thursday afternoon.
According to the state's numbers, the county's unemployment rate fell a full percentage point in March, down from 15.8 percent in February to 14.8 percent with the latest round of numbers. However, the No. 2 county on the list, Pickett County, saw an even more dramatic decrease in March, from 14.3 percent to 12.4 percent, leaving Scott County's jobless rate as the state's highest by a wide margin.
The streak of consecutive months atop the jobless list, now at 48 and long since a record, began in March 2010.