FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2011) — Unemployment rates fell in 110 Kentucky counties between August 2010 and August 2011, while eight county rates increased and two counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 7.2 percent; Larue and Oldham counties, 7.3 percent each; Calloway, Henry and Livingston counties, 7.5 percent each; and Franklin, Madison and Owen counties, 7.6 percent each.
Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.6 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 15.7 percent; Magoffin County, 15.2 percent; Menifee County, 13.7 percent; Clay County, 13.5 percent; McCreary County, 13.3 percent; Lewis County, 12.6 percent; Bell County, 12.5 percent; and Leslie and Wolfe counties, 11.9 percent each.
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 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.