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January 25, 2018


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) - Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in two (Estill and Hickman counties) and rose in one county (Bath County) between December 2016 and December 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.6 percent. It was followed by Monroe County, 2.7 percent; Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties, 2.8 percent each; and Allen, Jessamine, Marion and Shelby counties, 2.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.4 percent. It was followed by Elliot County, 8.7 percent; Carter County, 8.6 percent; Menifee County, 8 percent; Lewis County, 7.9 percent; Wolfe County, 7.8 percent; Lawrence County, 7.1 percent; Bath County, 6.9 percent; Leslie County, 6.8 percent; and Harlan County, 6.7 percent.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes.

Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 3.7 percent for December 2017, and 3.9 percent for the nation.

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. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

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+5 #3 wow 2018-01-26 13:06
unemployment rate being high in eastern KY. one reason is there isn't any jobs or industry. Eastern Ky. economy was decimated by the destruction of the coal industry. Frankfort only consider Pikeville as Eastern Ky. That is where all the jobs and help go, not the true Eastern Ky.
+4 #2 Nodoubt 2018-01-25 23:33
Lawrence County probably has the fewest jobs available,lol. Gas stations, food/drug stores, restaurants, used car lots, that about sums it up. Seems as though LC has never prospered and have turned away several things over the years that would've created revenue. Hell the new courthouse was over $20 million, LC really didn't need it, now taxpayers are operating 2 different buildings, and for what? Isn't there room in the new courthouse to be able to shut the other building down in town?
0 #1 Work 2018-01-25 19:04
If you work you'll lose your medical benefits and cell phone and food stamps and utilities voucher etc............ .

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