FRANKFORT, Ky. — Unemployment rates rose in 94 Kentucky counties between January 2019 and January 2020, fell in 21 and stayed the same in 5 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3%. It was followed by Shelby County, 3.4%; Fayette and Woodford counties, 3.5% each; Boone, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.8% each; and Campbell, Hancock, Jessamine and Marion counties, 3.9% each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 14.8%. It was followed by Harlan County, 12.4%; Leslie County, 11.9%; Elliott County, 11.3%; Breathitt County, 10.9%; Lewis County, 10.8%; Carter County, 10%; Letcher County, 9.4%; and Menifee and Wolfe counties, 9.1%.
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 4.8% for January 2020, and 4% for the nation.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at https://kystats.ky.gov/KYLMI.