Kentucky's jobless rate much improved in 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is reporting significant improvement in the state's jobless rate for 2012.

The Office of Employment and Training reported Friday that unemployment improved from 9.5 percent in 2011 to 8.2 percent in 2012. That's a 1.3 percent drop in the jobless rate, which reflects the addition of 28,800 jobs for the year.

Kentucky had the 19th highest annual unemployment rate among all states in 2012. Annual unemployment rates declined in 46 states, rose in two states and were unchanged in two.

Among neighboring states, Indiana and Illinois had unemployment rates higher than Kentucky. Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee had rates lower than Kentucky.

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