Scott County’s unemployment rate continues its decline — falling a full percentage point to 12.5 percent in May, its lowest point since September 2008. And, for the first time in months, gains were shown in total employment in May, as the state’s estimates unexpectedly jumped by 200 jobs, from 6,160 to 6,360.

The latest numbers were released last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. While Scott County’s unemployment rate remains the state’s highest, ahead of Lauderdale County’s 10.6 percent, Scott was one of just five counties statewide that posted a decreased unemployment rate in May. Ninety counties posted increased unemployment rates.

The total estimated work force also increased in May, reversing a months-long trend of steady decline.

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