Jobless rates down in 119 Kentucky counties in May 2015
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June
25, 2015) – Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between May
2014 and May 2015, but rose in Russell County, according to the Kentucky Office
of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the
Commonwealth at 3.8 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4
percent each; Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone and Scott
counties, 4.2 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, and Spencer
counties, 4.3 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate –
12.7 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 11.1 percent; Leslie and
Letcher counties, 10.3 percent; Russell County, 9.7 percent; Clay County, 9.5
percent; Knott County, 9.3 percent; Breathitt County, 9.2 percent; and Elliott and
Wolfe counties, 9.1 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 because of the small sample size for
each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.