Best And Worst Counties For Unemployment

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

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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  • by David Location: Bradenton, Fl on Oct 6, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    I live in florida but have been thinking about moving up to salyersville. It's my name and my dad grew up there, hard to move to a place without jobs. :-(
  • by Mike Location: Oil Springs on Oct 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    I WORKED IN Magoffin Co. for 26 years I FEEL FOR THEM ,I always enjoyed the friendly relationship I had with all the people there.
  • by Jeff Location: Hazard on Oct 1, 2008 at 04:45 AM
    Aaaaaah Magoffin County makes headlines again's not for something good.
  • by sandra Location: lexington on Sep 30, 2008 at 07:14 PM
    unemploment is bad everywhere and it is effecting everyone my father just lost his job and my best friends father just lost his job and they both have been working with the same co for more then 5 years. i think that we are in a depression and things are going to get alot harder and harder and the only thing we can do is pray we get more jobs and the ones that have jobs need to pray that they keep them.
  • by TK Location: MN on Sep 30, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    Not a surprise with Magoffin. Wasn't much of any jobs when I lived there and there isn't much of anything now. I find it hard to believe that Hardin is pushing to recruit more jobs to the area... what a joke.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Sep 30, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    Vote some more liberals in no surprise here.


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