Kentucky unemployment rate continues slow decline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - For the ninth consecutive month,
Kentucky's unemployment rate has declined.

The state Office of Unemployment and Training reported Wednesday
that the jobless rate for the state fell to 8.6 percent in March,
from 8.7 percent in February. The rate was 1.1 percentage points
below the March 2011 rate.

Six of the state's 11 non-farm job sectors reported gains in
jobs, while four sectors declined and one sector, mining, remained

The largest sector, trade transportation and utilities, showed
the largest gains with an increase of 1,900 jobs. It was followed
by the leisure and hospitality sector with a gain of 1,800 jobs.
The financial services sector had a one-month gain of 900 jobs.

The manufacturing sector lost the most jobs in one month, 1,300,
followed by construction with 600 jobs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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