Unemployment rates rise in 78 counties, decrease in 32

Woodford remains county with lowest number of unemployed residents

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2013) – Unemployment rates increased in 78 Kentucky counties between May 2012 and May 2013, dropped in 32 counties and stayed the same in 10, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Kentucky’s jobless rate increased to 8.1 percent in May 2013.
Kentucky’s jobless rate increased to 8.1 percent in May 2013.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 5.8 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.3 percent; Fayette County, 6.4 percent; Ohio and Scott counties, 6.6 percent each; Anderson, Daviess and Hancock counties, 6.7 percent each; and Franklin and Jessamine counties, 6.8 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.5 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 17.2 percent; Leslie County, 17 percent; Harlan County, 16.3 percent; Letcher County, 16.2 percent; Knott County, 14.9 percent; Bell County, 14.5 percent; Jackson County, 13.8 percent; Perry County, 13.5 percent; and McCreary County, 13.2 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.

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