10:32am

Fri October 21, 2011
Statehouse News

State's Unemployment Rate Rose in September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent in September from 9.5 percent in August, according to the Office of Employment and Training.  The preliminary September jobless rate was half a percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state a year ago.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working, according to a state press release.

Five of the 11 major nonfarm job categories reported an employment increase in September, while six decreased, according to state statistics. The number of jobs dropped by 2,900 from August to September bringing Kentucky’s nonfarm employment to a seasonally adjusted total of 1,792,800. Kentucky’s nonfarm employment has grown by 23,200 workers since September 2010.

Since September 2010, employment in the manufacturing sector has climbed by 5,300 positions.

The educational and health services sector gained 600 workers in September. The sector has ballooned by 5,000 workers since September 2010. This sector includes private and nonprofit establishments that provide either education and training or health care and social assistance to their clients.

The monthly estimate of the number of unemployed Kentuckians for September 2011 was 202,720, up 4,563 from the 198,157 Kentuckians unemployed in August 2011, but down 10,031 from the 212,751 unemployed in September 2010.

The monthly estimate of the number of Kentuckians in the civilian labor force for September 2011 was 2,095,337. This figure is down 243 from the 2,095,580 recorded in August 2011, but up 13,479 from the 2,081,858 recorded in September 2010.

Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary 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.
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