Eastern Kentucky County Has The Highest Unemployment Rate In The State

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

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

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  • by check Location: drawer on Aug 2, 2008 at 01:53 AM
    you people dont no how hard we check drawers got it. we got it a lot ruffer then you that work so keep payin it in so Ill have a check ever month an work a little over time so ill get a raise we are the ones that really deserve it
  • by Lucky One on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    Thank God , Doc has put Wally to work. Lets just pray that they don't start enforcing Drug Testing for County Employees
  • by Earle Location: Lex on Jul 30, 2008 at 04:45 AM
    Is this really surprising? More jobs won't get people to "want to work." This area is so accustomed to the government hand out, some people haven't worked in years and some have never worked in their life. It's a cycle that won't be broken due to laziness and lack of education. I should know; I used to live there until I finally escaped that way of life. $23 an hour for me now and Uncle Sam can keep his welfare check and food stamps. Don't need it; don't want it. The stares I used to get was enough for me to say it's time to get my act together.
  • by Bill D. Location: Pikeville on Jul 29, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    all you can recruit there is more Federal agencies to sign people up on disability and more agencies to enforce drug laws and abused/neglected children.
  • by Dave Location: Knott County on Jul 29, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    If you count the pot farmers and drug dealers in eastern Kentucky we have the highest employment rate in the nation. (let's not forget the bootleggers).


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