Louisville received some more bad economic news yesterday, from the state’s Workforce Development Cabinet. Unemployment rose in the Metro area from 9.9 percent in May, to 10.3 percent in June. In a local labor force of 379,568, there are 39,111 out of work. And these figures do not even count the folks who have simply given up on the idea of finding a job.
But according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, there’s a little good news for the rest of the state. Unemployment rates fell in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2010 and June 2011, while 19 county rates increased and five counties remained the same.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.4 percent. It was followed by Larue County, 7.5 percent; Fayette County, 7.6 percent; Oldham County, 7.7 percent; Hancock County, 7.8 percent; Calloway County, 7.9 percent; Ohio County, 8 percent; Madison County, 8.1 percent; and Scott, Shelby and Warren counties, 8.2 percent each.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.8 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 16.7 percent; Menifee County, 14.5 percent; Clay County, 14.4 percent; Fulton County, 14.3 percent; Lewis County, 14.1 percent; McCreary County, 13.9 percent; Bell County, 13.5 percent; Elliott County, 13.4 percent; and Wolfe County, 13.3 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 listed in this article are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.
Learn more about the Office of Employment and Training at www.workforce.ky.gov.
June’s preliminary and May’s revised county unemployment rate charts are posted at http://workforce.ky.gov/June11charts.pdf.
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