Marshall County's unemployment went down by half a percentage point from November to December, placing it third highest in the state, a decline in that ranking of joblessness.
The local unemployment rate here has been the highest, or second highest in Tennssee for about a year.
Reported as 16.2 percent by Lewisburg councilmen during recent City Hall meetings, the rate for November -- as reported by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development -- was 16.1 percent. The department reported Thursday it was 15.6 percent last month.
Marshall's workforce last month totaled 11,750, of which 1,830 people were without a job, the department said in its monthly report. There were 9,910 Marshall County residents who were employed during December.
Lincoln remains the county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state. Its rate went down from 6.2 percent to 6.1 percent.
Scott County had the highest unemployment rate in December -- 20.4 percent, slightly higher than Marshall's worst rate in recent years, up from 19.8 percent. The count with the second highest unemployment rate in December was Pickett County at 15.7 percent, up from 15.4 percent in December.
Tennessee's unemployment rate for December was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the November rate. The nation's unemployment rate for December 2010 was 9.4 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate.