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Jobless rates down in 117 Kentucky counties in January 2015 compared to January 2014

Rates up in Russell County, stayed same in Boyd and Elliott counties 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2015) — Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties in January 2015, compared to January 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

jobsRates only went up in one county­—Russell County—while rates stayed the same in Boyd and Elliott counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the at 3.9 percent. Next was Fayette County, 4.3 percent; Scott County, 4.4 percent; Oldham and Shelby counties, 4.5 percent each; Jessamine County, 4.7 percent; Owen and Spencer counties, 4.8 percent each; and Boone, Campbell, Franklin, Madison and Washington counties, 4.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 13.1 percent; Elliott and Leslie counties, 12.1 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.8 percent; Carter County, 11.7 percent; Harlan County, 11.5 percent; Breathitt and Letcher counties, 11.1 percent each; and Menifee County, 11 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.