Department for Workforce Investment
Jobless rates up in 76 counties from May 2004 to May 2005

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 30, 2005  
Contact Information:  Kim Saylor Brannock (502) 564-6606 ext. 130

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2005) - Unemployment rates rose in 76 Kentucky counties between May 2004 and May 2005, fell in 39 counties and stayed the same in five counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Education Cabinet.

In May 2005, one county had a jobless rate at or above 10 percent, and two counties recorded double-digit rates in May 2004.

Woodford County’s 4.1 percent jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth. Other low rates were recorded in Anderson, Jessamine and Oldham counties, 4.3 percent each; Fayette and Boone counties, 4.4 percent each; Barren, Franklin and Shelby, 4.5 percent each; and Kenton and Spencer counties, 4.6 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate - 11.6 percent. It was followed by Elliott County, 9.7 percent, Wolfe County, 9.6 percent; Graves County, 9.5 percent; Lewis and Nicholas counties, 8.5 percent each; Clay County, 8.4 percent; McCreary and Muhlenberg counties, 8.3 percent each; and Leslie County, 8.2 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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