Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Jobless rates up in 120 counties from August 2008 to August 2009

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 24, 2009  
Contact Information:  Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-1207

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2009) — Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2008 and August 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 8.2 percent. It was followed by Woodford County, 8.6 percent; Boyd County, 8.7 percent; Calloway County, 8.8 percent; Oldham and Webster counties, 8.9 percent each; Jessamine County, 9.3 percent; and Boone, Clinton, Franklin and McCracken counties, 9.4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 20.9 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.8 percent; Trigg County, 16.7 percent; Powell County, 16.6 percent; Grayson County, 16.5 percent; Metcalfe County, 15.8 percent; Allen and Morgan counties, 15.4 percent each; and Lewis and Menifee counties, 15.3 percent each.

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 statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.

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