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Jobless rates down in 99 Kentucky counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between November 2011 and November 2012, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. 20 county rates increased and one stayed the same.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.4 percent. It was followed by Scott County, 5.9 percent; Fayette, Franklin, Oldham and Union counties, 6 percent each; Daviess, Madison and Shelby counties, 6.2 percent each; and Ohio and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate - 15.1 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 15 percent; Letcher County, 13.3 percent; Harlan, Knott and Leslie counties, 13 percent each; Jackson County, 12.9 percent; Bell County, 12.7 percent; Wolfe County, 12.6 percent; and Perry County, 12.2 percent.

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.


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