Jobless rates down in 119 Kentucky counties in November

Jobless rates down in 119 Kentucky counties in November

Boone, Woodford counties have lowest rates at 4.5 percent

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2014) — Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between November 2013 and November 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

jobsBoone and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates at 4.5 percent. Madison and Owen counties were at 4.7 percent, while Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Oldham, Scott, Simpson and Warren counties were at 4.8 percent.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. That was followed by Magoffin County, 11.6 percent; Letcher County, 11.2 percent; Harlan County, 10.9 percent; Russell County, 10.5 percent; Leslie County, 10.3 percent; Knott County, 9.7 percent; Bell County, 9.5 percent; McCreary County, 9.4 percent; and Clay County, 9.3 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. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.