Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Jobless rates down in all 120 counties in December 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2015) – Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between December 2013 and December 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This is the fourth time in the last five months that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties.
Scott and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent each. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.8 percent; Hancock, Jessamine, Madison and Owen counties, 3.9 percent each; and Boone, Franklin, Oldham, Simpson and Warren counties, 4 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 11.5 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 11.3 percent; Letcher County, 9.9 percent; Russell County, 9.5 percent; Harlan County, 9.4 percent; Lewis County, 9.2 percent; Wolfe County, 8.9 percent; Carter and Leslie counties, 8.7 percent each; and Menifee County, 8.6 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. 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 because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.