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Unemployment drops to six-year low

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Scott County's unemployment rate dropped to a six-year low in April, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The unemployment rate in Scott County was 13.5 percent in May, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from March.

The local jobless rate is a its lowest point since October 2008, when it was 13.2 percent. The following month, November 2008, it jumped to 15.5 percent as the economic recession deepened. It had not been back under 14 percent since.

According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there were 960 unemployed workers in Scott County in April, the lowest total since June 2008. That month, there were 910 unemployed workers. The following month, July 2008, the number jumped to 1,030. It had only been below 1,000 one month since — August 2008, when it briefly dropped to 980.

Scott County's unemployment rate peaked at 23.4 percent in January 2011. Since that point, it has been consistently decreasing.

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