Ky. jobless rate rises to 8.5 percent in August

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's jobless rate has risen slightly to 8.5 percent in the latest statewide numbers.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released the updated unemployment rate on Thursday.

The overall report showed some positive signs, including an uptick in employment in the mining and logging sector where 200 jobs were added in August. That was good news for a sector that had lost 1,600 jobs over the past year.

The state's trade, transportation and utilities sector added 2,100 jobs in August. The leisure and hospitality sector added 900. And the government sector added 800.

Meanwhile, the state's manufacturing sector lost 500 jobs. The professional and business services sector shed 600 positions. And the educational and health services sector declined by 800 jobs.

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