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

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 27, 2009  
Contact Information:  Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-1207

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FRANKFORT, Ky.  — Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between July 2008 and July 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 Oldham County, 8.6 percent; Boyd and Calloway counties, 8.8 percent each; Ballard and McCracken counties, 9 percent each; Clinton County, 9.1 percent; Franklin County, 9.3 percent; Hickman County, 9.4 percent; and Woodford County, 9.5 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 19.6 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.4 percent; Powell County, 16.3 percent; Bath, Trigg and Metcalfe counties, 16 percent each; Grayson, Lewis and Menifee counties, 15.6 percent each; and Hancock County, 15.4 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 to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.

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