A mixed report for counties’ jobless rates

March 29, 2014 

Frankfort: Unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between February 2013 and February 2014, and 56 county rates went up and nine counties stayed the same, according to the state’s Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 6.7 percent. It was followed by Oldham, 7 percent; Fayette and Woodford, 7.1 percent each; Campbell, Kenton, Shelby, Warren and Webster, 7.3 percent each; and Simpson, 7.4 percent.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate, 20.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin, 19.3 percent; Leslie, 17.8 percent; Harlan, 17.7 percent; Menifee, 17.2 percent; Letcher, 16.6 percent; Knott, 16 percent; Bell, 15.9 percent; Lewis, 15.8 percent and Wolfe, 15.7 percent, according to a state news release.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than to count people working.

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