Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Jobless rates down in 117 Kentucky counties in January 2015

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 12, 2015  
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2015) – Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between January 2014 and January 2015, while Russell County went up, and Boyd and Elliott counties’ rates stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 


Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.9 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 4.3 percent; Scott County, 4.4 percent; Oldham and Shelby counties, 4.5 percent each; Jessamine County, 4.7 percent; Owen and Spencer counties, 4.8 percent each; and Boone, Campbell, Franklin, Madison and Washington counties, 4.9 percent each.


Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate 15 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 13.1 percent; Elliott and Leslie counties, 12.1 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.8 percent; Carter County, 11.7 percent; Harlan County, 11.5 percent; Breathitt and Letcher counties, 11.1 percent each; and Menifee County, 11 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.


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