Best And Worst Counties For Unemployment

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Tough economic times are affecting millions of people around the country and right here in the Bluegrass.

New statistics out today show the number of Kentuckians without a job is going up.

In the last year unemployment rates have risen in all but seven Kentucky counties.

Woodford County had the lowest job rate at 4.7 percent. Other counties with low unemployment rates were Fayette County, Warren County, Calloway County, Robertson County, Barren County, Livingston County, Webster County, Carlisle County, Jessamine County, and Madison County.

Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 10.7 percent. Other counties with high unemployment rates were Jackson County, Grayson County, Clay County, McCreary County, Wolfe County, Harlan County, Muhlenberg County, Elliot County, and Lewis County.

Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle says it's an ongoing process to keep their unemployment rate low. In fact, the lowest in the state.

"You have to advertise and tell all the good parts of Woodford County, what we have to offer, and encourage them to settle here", says Judge John Coyle.

Judge Coyle says having such low unemployment rates has a lot to do with factories in Woodford County, as well as having a horse industry and the location of the county. He says it's all helped the county thrive.

However, some places like Magoffin County, say they are still seeing a high unemployment rate. Magoffin County saw a a 10.7 percent unemployment rate.

"Unfortunately that's first in the state", says Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles Hardin.

Judge Hardin says while his counties unemployment rate is improving, they don't enjoy being at the top of the list for unemployment and are working even harder to recruit more jobs to their area.

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