FRANKFORT, Ky. — Unemployment rates rose in 117 Kentucky counties between March 2019 and March 2020, fell in one (Crittenden County) and stayed the same in two (Owen and Robertson 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 4.1%. It was followed by Fayette and Shelby counties, 4.4% each; Boone, Marion, Spencer and Woodford counties, 4.5% each; Scott County, 4.6%; and Campbell, Jessamine and Kenton counties, 4.7% each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.1%%. It was followed by Harlan County, 14.5%; Leslie County, 13.5%; Breathitt County, 12.6%; Martin County, 12.4%; Elliott County, 12.1%; Lewis County, 11.7%; Letcher County, 11.4%; Menifee County 10.5%; and Knott County, 10.2%.
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 5.7% for March 2020, and 4.5% for the nation.