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Harlan County records state's highest jobless rate

Coalfield counties, reeling from job losses in the mining industry, are reporting rampant unemployment.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Coalfield counties, reeling from job losses in the mining industry, are reporting rampant unemployment.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released a report Thursday showing Harlan County at the top of the list in August with a 16.3 percent unemployment rate. Leslie and Magoffin counties tied for the second spot with a rate of 15.7 percent. Letcher, Bell and Knott counties had jobless rates ranging from 13.4 to 14.9.

Fulton County, in far western Kentucky, recorded an unemployment rate of 14.5 percent.

Woodford County in central Kentucky had the lowest jobless rate at 5.5 percent. Scott County had a 5.9 percent rate. And Fayette, Oldham and Shelby counties were at 6.1 percent.

Jobless rates decreased in 97 Kentucky counties in August, rose in 19 and were unchanged in four.

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