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Jobless rates down in 92 counties from August 2003 to August 2004
Press Release Date:  September 23, 2004
Contact:  Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-6606

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Unemployment rates fell in 92 Kentucky counties between August 2003 and August 2004, rose in 27 and remained the same in Wolfe County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Education Cabinet.

In August 2004, three counties had jobless rates at or above 10 percent, and seven counties recorded double-digit rates in August 2003.

Woodford County’s 2.1 percent jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth. Other low rates were recorded in Oldham County, 2.5 percent; Hart County, 2.6 percent; Metcalfe County 2.8 percent; Anderson County, 2.9 percent; Calloway and Menifee counties, 3 percent each; Barren and Fayette counties, 3.1 percent each;  and Caldwell, Jackson, Jessamine and Warren counties, 3.2 percent each.

Elliott County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 14.6 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 14.1 percent; Carter County, 12.2 percent; Lewis County, 9.9 percent; Muhlenberg County, 9.2 percent; Fulton and McCreary counties, 9 percent each; Morgan County, 7.9 percent; Lawrence, McLean and Wolfe counties, 7.8 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 counties figures.

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Last updated: Thursday, September 23, 2004