Unemployment Worsens in 74 Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Unemployment appears to be worsening in most Kentucky counties.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported Wednesday that jobless rates rose in 74 counties between December 2006 and December 2007. The rates fell in 33 counties and remained the same in 13 others.

Fayette and Woodford counties had the lowest unemployment at 3.7 percent each. Jackson County had the highest jobless rate at 10.1 percent. Magoffin County followed closely at 10 percent.


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  • by Adam Location: Wburg on Jan 27, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    Let's not forget how Fletcher got railroaded by the General Assembly when he tried to call a special meeting for the Coal Liquification Plant Incentives. How many employees do you think it takes to run a small to midsize casino? Maybe that'll put some jobs back into Kentucky. And who really needs 5 years to put their life back together? A Mexican can move to Kentucky and build themselves a pretty decent life in the first year! You just have to have the "want to" Back in November Beshear said he didn't favor paying people to go out and chase big businesses and factories... I really hope he changes his mind.
  • by employed & taxed Location: KY on Jan 24, 2008 at 03:37 AM
    Hey Beshear, fix the unemployment and you'll get more tax $ without raising my taxes.
  • by KY Xtian Location: Mt. Sterling on Jan 24, 2008 at 03:08 AM
    Except this report isn't Dec '06 - Jan '07, it's a full year report. This isn't surprising to me, as the state continues to fail to invest in developing viable economic strategies in these counties. If the top industries in these counties are tobacco, mining, farming or manufacturing, then you are going to continue to see unemployment rise.
  • by Anonymous Location: Corbin on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    I agree with everybody else if over 50% of the population wasn't on drugs they could get their lazy butts out of bed and get a job. Most of them draw a check and laughing the goverment all the way to the bank more able to work than most people that do no wonder people talk about kentucky about being dumb hillbillies. Get these young people 6 months to either better themselves and get in school or get a job and get off welfare and food stamps. I would love to be able to spend more than 20-30.00 a week on groceries that makes me so mad. Why work when the state will keep you up and have of them have rotten teeth from drug use
  • by Melissa Location: Williamsburg on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    I don't think unemployment has went down why work when you can get a welfar check and food stamps and eat better and have more money than I do right now and I work 2 jobs. I think give them 6-8 months go get on their feet and keep them off that's plenty of time to find a job and get on you feet. If you don't have a college degree how much better than a fast food restaurant do they think they can do. What happen to the 5 year law and then was going to kick them off and not let them draw again. There is to many people who can't have childern who would love to take them if they can't raise them, half of them are on drugs anyway they just keep their kids for the check to buy drugs. It just pisses me off work all year long and tax time they get earned income credit and people that work are lucky to break even
  • by Ashley Location: Somerset on Jan 23, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    It is extremely hard to find a job in rural areas of ky. Thats why alot of people make careers out of working at Speedway. It is sad.
  • by Chris Location: SE KY on Jan 23, 2008 at 04:16 PM
    As usual these reports only count people who are registered in the employment system. No one is counted that no longer registers, but is still unemployed. The unemployment figures for our county show under 10%. That's those registered with the Dept. for Employment Services. In reality, the figure is more like 50%. I like the way government skews figures to make things look better than they actually are. Can you say "Rose Colored Glasses"?
  • by steve on Jan 23, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    What do you exspect we have a god as governor im sure he will fix things HAHAHA!
  • by Concerned Location: Pike on Jan 23, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    I have to agree with the drug situation. That is one for the politics. We do need a drug policy in affect for ALL unemployment benfits! Enen then, it is still pretty easy to pass a drug test and we need to find a way to stop this. I bet even if they were to issue the meds on a once per week refill it would at least slow it down and test the users to make sure the toxin levels are what they are supposed to be. That will keep them from selling them to our loved ones!
  • by Debbie Location: Mt. Sterling on Jan 23, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    This report hits the news every January....it's a no-brainer. Of course unemployment rises in the winter because all the construction workers are on layoff til Spring. Good grief, why make things sound so bleak.
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