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Jobless rates down in 104 counties from December 2003 to December 2004
Press Release Date:  January 31, 2005
Contact:  Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-6606

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Unemployment rates dropped in 104 Kentucky counties between December 2003 and December 2004, rose in 11 counties and five counties stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Education Cabinet. 

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

Woodford County’s 2 percent jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth. Other low rates were recorded in Oldham County, 2.4 percent; Fayette County, 2.5 percent; Metcalfe County, 2.6 percent: Franklin and Shelby counties, 2.7 percent each; Anderson and Jackson counties, 2.8 percent each; and Jessamine and Warren counties, 2.9 percent each.

Nicholas County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 13.2 percent. It was followed by Elliott County, 11 percent; Lewis County, 10.8 percent; Magoffin County, 10.3 percent; Carter County, 9.9 percent; Morgan County, 8.8 percent; McCreary County, 8.4 percent; Robertson and Wolfe counties, 7.7 percent each; and McLean County, 7.5 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 counties figures.

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Last updated: Monday, January 31, 2005