Rates were down in first 11 months of 2015
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2016) — Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between December 2014 and December 2015, fell in six counties and remained the same in five, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Rates were down in the majority of counties in every other month in 2015, including being down in 92 counties in November 2015 over the previous year and down in 109 counties in October 2015, compared to October 2014.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by: Oldham County, 3.8 percent; Fayette and Spencer counties, 3.9 percent; Shelby County, 4.1 percent; and Boone, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Warren counties, 4.3 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.5 percent. It was followed by: Wolfe County, 12.4 percent; Elliott and Letcher counties, 11.8 percent; Harlan County, 11.6 percent; Leslie County, 11.2 percent; Owsley County, 11 percent; Lawrence County, 10.8 percent; and Knott and Pike counties, 10.6 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.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.