Scott County’s unemployment rate dipped back below the five percent mark in August, as local employment skyrocketed, according to numbers made available by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

The August unemployment rate in Scott County was 4.8 percent, down almost a full percentage park from the July rate of 5.7 percent, but still above the historic low of 4.2 percent set in May.

The decrease in unemployment came as jobs grew from July to August. According to the state’s numbers, Scott County’s total employment jumped from 7,460 to 7,620 — a gain of 160 jobs. That allowed the unemployment rate to drop even though the estimated local work force was up slightly, from 7,910 to 8,000. According to the state, there are 380 people unemployed in Scott County, down from 450 in July.

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The complete story can be found in the Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of the Independent Herald.