Kentucky's unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in November from 10 percent in October. The slight increase came partly because more unemployed people who had not been looking for jobs once again began doing so. That made them again be counted as unemployed.
Employment numbers also fell, reversing two consecutive months of job growth.
The November jobless rate is down from 10.7 percent in November 2009. Since February 2009, the rate has been below 10 percent just once — July 2010. The state's unemployment rate in November 2010 continued to outpace the national rate of 9.8 percent.
For the month, Kentucky's net loss was 2,200 jobs with four of the 11 major industries tracked showing employment decreases.
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The largest drop came in the leisure and hospitality sector, which saw losses of 2,400 jobs in November.
The losses came because of "numerous restaurants closing," said Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst for the state Office of Employment and Training. "As the economy sputters, consumers are curtailing luxuries and splurging less on restaurant meals and leisure activities."
The state does not identify employers in releasing the monthly statistics.
The government sector lost 1,300 jobs.
Employment in the other services sector, which includes repair businesses, religious groups and civic organizations, fell by 1,100 positions.
The other sector seeing job losses was professional and business services, which shed 500 positions.
Leading the growth sectors was educational and health services, which gained 1,100 jobs. Detzel said some of this growth came because of the uptick in higher education enrollment that comes during times of economic downturns.
The construction sector added 1,000 positions because of "the start of multiple commercial and public works projects," Detzel said in a statement.
Other sectors seeing growth were mining and logging (300), financial activities (300), manufacturing (200) and information (200).
The trade, transportation and utilities sector maintained steady employment.