Jobless Rates Up In 112 Kentucky Counties

Jobless rates up in 112 counties from July 2007 to July 2008

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2008) - Unemployment rates rose in 112 Kentucky counties between July 2007 and July 2008, fell in six counties and stayed the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 5.3 percent. Other counties with low unemployment rates were Fayette County, 5.4 percent; Boone County, 5.6 percent; Bourbon and Oldham counties, 5.7 percent each; Jessamine and Scott counties, 5.9 percent each; Franklin, Kenton and Livingston counties, 6 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate - 11.5 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 11.2 percent; Wolfe County, 10.8 percent; Grayson County, 10.6 percent; Clay County, 10.5 percent; Elliott, Harlan and Morgan counties, 10.1 percent each; and Bell, McCreary and Muhlenberg counties, 9.9 percent each.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.

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  • by William Location: seky on Aug 26, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    Every time you have to stop and wait for a train to pass in front your car at a rail passion notice its loaded with coal from south east Kentucky say to your self there goes my job, billions of dollars pass in front of your eyes Kentucky people every day sitting in there cars with food stamp cards in the wallets watching coal leave Ky to be turned in to clean electricity to power the homes of other city's who's making the laws? when you move in a soup line with your children if your blessed enough to have soup, ask your self where is all the money going that came from my grandfathers 300 acres?
  • by steve on Aug 26, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    Yea you see what has happens since the libs took over no jobs so stop whining libs you got what you wanted. Hey its you the libs running things now but not for long.
  • by Willard Location: slemp on Aug 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    And believe me the voters here in KY will vote elect the same bunch that got us in this financial crisis---------don't blame me I vote democrat.
  • by terri Location: East ky on Aug 26, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    Leave it to the republicans,Bush,McBush, McConnell,Bunning and then our famour ex governor and what else can be expected?


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