Unemployment rates fell in 114 of Kentucky's 120 counties in January compared with January 2011, according to data released Thursday by the state's Office of Employment and Training. Woodford County had the lowest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent. It was followed by Webster, 7.2 percent; Fayette, 7.3 percent; Oldham, 7.5 percent; Boone, 7.7 percent; Union, 7.8 percent; Henderson, 7.9 percent; Madison and Shelby, 8 percent each; and Hopkins, 8.1 percent.
Fulton County had the state's highest unemployment rate, 17.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin and Menifee, 16.8 percent each; Jackson, 16.1 percent; McCreary, 14.9 percent; Wolfe, 14.8 percent; Bell and Clay, 14.2 percent each; Lewis, 14 percent; and Wayne, 13.9 percent.