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Wed May 25, 2011
The Commonwealth

Jobless Rates Drop in Most Counties

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 97 Kentucky counties between April 2010 and April 2011, while 20 county rates increased and three counties remained the same, according to a press release from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Webster County recorded the state's lowest jobless rate at 7 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 7.6 percent each; Ohio and Woodford counties, 7.7 percent each; Caldwell County, 7.8 percent; Hancock County, 7.9 percent; Carlisle and Hickman counties, 8 percent; and Franklin and Scott counties, 8.2 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 18.1 percent. It was followed by Menifee County, 17.6 percent; Magoffin County, 17.3 percent; McCreary County, 15.3 percent; Clay County, 15.2 percent; Lewis County, 14.6 percent; Rockcastle County, 14 percent; Bell County, 13.4 percent; and Lincoln and Fulton counties, 13.3 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.