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Eastern Kentucky County Has The Highest Unemployment Rate In The State

Magoffin County officials and some who live there say this isn't a list they want to top.

The judge-executive says high unemployment is always a problem in Magoffin County.

Now they're trying to bring new companies and jobs to the area.

Some people we talked to say there just aren't enough jobs in Magoffin County to go around.

Colin Jackson says the rough economy is taking a toll on everyone.

“It's hard on everybody. Everything is going up, except payroll,” Colin Jackson said.

“We're well aware of this problem in Magoffin County. We're actively working on it,” Magoffin County Judge Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin said.

Judge-Executive Charles Hardin says he and the Fiscal Court see the effects as well.

He says less jobs, in turn means less money for county projects and improvements.

“It affects our tax base. It gets to be a spiraling problem,” Judge Hardin said.

Hardin says he and the legislators are already trying to recruit new businesses to Magoffin County and help create new jobs.

He says they're using their location in between Lexington, Huntington, Winchester, and Ashland to sell to companies.

They're also upgrading some sites so industries or factories can easily set up.

“It's just a matter of us getting some infrastructure in place so that we can be successful in recruiting additional employment opportunities,” Judge Hardin said.

That's good news for Jackson and others trying to pay their bills.

“In my opinion, I believe people want to work if they just had the work to do. If we just had jobs, it would help everything,” Jackson said.

Something they hope comes true.

Hardin says they've created an economic development committee to recruit companies and work with them.

He says Congressman Hal Rogers is also working to help the county bring new jobs.

Several other eastern Kentucky counties also topped the list for high unemployment rates.

Jackson County is second with 11 percent followed by Clay and Wolfe Counties with just more than 10 percent. To find your counties unemployment rate
http://workforce.ky.gov/June08charts.pdf


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