The state Office of Employment and Training this week announced that jobless rates fell in 76 counties in 2010 compared with 2009. The rates fell in even more counties in March compared with the same month in 2010.
At 8.1 percent, the annual jobless rates for Fayette and Woodford counties were the lowest in the state in 2010. They were followed by Oldham County, 8.5 percent; Calloway County, 8.7 percent; Carlisle and Madison counties, 8.8 percent each; Boyd and Franklin counties, 8.9 percent each; Warren County, 9 percent; and Hickman, McCracken and Shelby counties, 9.1 percent each.
Magoffin County had the state's highest annual unemployment rate in 2010 at 19.7 percent. It was followed by Menifee County, 17.5 percent; Jackson County, 17.1 percent; Lewis and Powell counties, 15 percent each; Grayson County, 14.5 percent; McCreary and Wolfe counties, 14.4 percent each; Bath County, 14.2 percent; and Metcalfe County, 14.1 percent.
In March, Fayette and Woodford counties had the lowest jobless rates in the state at 7.9 percent each. They were followed by Webster County, 8.1 percent; Oldham County, 8.3 percent; Ohio County, 8.5 percent; Madison and Union counties, 8.6 percent each; and Boone, Caldwell, Calloway, Hancock and Shelby counties, 8.7 percent each.
Menifee and Jackson counties tied for the state's highest unemployment rates at 18.5 percent each. They were followed by Magoffin County, 18.4 percent; Lewis County, 15.4 percent; Metcalfe County, 15.2 percent; Clay and McCreary counties, 15.1 percent each; Lincoln County, 14.8 percent; Bath County, 14.4 percent; and Bell County, 14.1 percent.