State releases county unemployment data for January 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Unemployment rates fell in 37 Kentucky counties between January 2018 and January 2019, rose in 72, and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.3 percent; Oldham and Shelby counties, 3.4 percent each; Scott County, 3.5 percent; Boone and Spencer counties, 3.6 percent each; Anderson County, 3.7 percent; Campbell, Franklin, Henderson, Jessamine, Kenton and Madison counties, 3.8 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent. It was followed by Lewis County, 10.1 percent; Carter County, 10 percent; Elliott County, 9.8 percent; Menifee County, 8.9 percent; Fulton County, 8.8 percent; Wolfe County, 8.6 percent; Lawrence County, 8 percent; Breathitt County, 7.8 percent; Bath and Livingston counties, 7.7 percent each.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 4.5 percent for January 2019, and 4.4 percent for the nation.

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at https://kystats.ky.gov/KYLMI.

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