Unemployment rates fell in 99 of Kentucky's 120 counties in July compared to July 2010, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Rates increased in 18 counties, and remained the same in three.
At 7.3 percent, Oldham County had the lowest jobless rate. It was followed by Fayette, 7.4 percent; Caldwell and Franklin, 7.8 percent each; Calloway, 7.9 percent; Carlisle and Woodford, 8 percent each; Madison and Webster, 8.1 percent each; and Larue, 8.2 percent.
Jackson County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 16.6 percent. It was followed by Magoffin, 15.8 percent; Nelson, 14.4 percent; Metcalfe, 14.3 percent; Clay and Menifee, 14.2 percent each; McCreary, 14.1 percent; Lewis, 13.9 percent; Fulton, 13.6 percent; and Rockcastle, 13.1 percent.