Jobless rates fell in 95 Kentucky counties from September 2009 to September 2010, according to numbers released Thursday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Woodford County recorded the lowest rate, 7 percent. Counties with the next-lowest rates were Fayette, Webster and Oldham, 7.8 percent each; Calloway, 7.9 percent; Carlisle, Franklin and Rowan, 8.1 percent each; Warren, 8.2 percent; and Hopkins, Livingston, Madison and Shelby, 8.3 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate, 18.7 percent. It was followed by Jackson, 16 percent; Menifee, 15.5 percent; McCreary, 13.8 percent; Grayson and Powell, 13.5 percent each; Clay and Wayne, 13.3 percent each; Wolfe, 13.1 percent; and Lewis, 12.9 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually 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 county figures.