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Unemployment rates down in 92 counties from May 2003 to May 2004
Press Release Date:  June 28, 2004
Contact:  Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-6606

Unemployment rates fell in 92 Kentucky counties between May 2003 and May 2004, rose in 27 and remained the same in Anderson County, according to the Kentucky Department for Employment Services in the Education Cabinet.

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

Metcalfe County’s 2.2 percent jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth. Other low rates were recorded in Barren and Woodford counties, 2.5 percent each; Oldham County, 2.8 percent; Franklin and Marion counties, 3 percent each; and Fayette, Hart, Jessamine, Menifee, Robertson and Shelby counties, 3.1 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15.5 percent. It was followed by Elliott County, 14.1 percent; Carter County, 14 percent; Lewis County, 10.9 percent; Fulton County, 10.1 percent; Ballard County, 9.4 percent; Hickman County, 9 percent; Breathitt and Wolfe counties, 8.9 percent each; and Lawrence County, 8.7 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, June 28, 2004