Unemployment rates fell in 97 of Kentucky's 120 counties from July 2011 to July 2012, the state Office of Employment and Training announced Thursday.
The rate rose in 18 counties and stayed the same in five, according to a news release.
Woodford County had the lowest jobless rate, at 5.9 percent, followed by Fayette and Franklin counties at 6.6 percent each.
Other counties with relatively low jobless rates were Oldham and Union, 6.7 percent; Scott and Shelby, 6.8 percent; Hancock, 6.9 percent; and Daviess, Jessamine, Madison and Owen, 7.1 percent each.
Magoffin County had the highest unemployment rate, at 16.7 percent.
Other counties with high rates included Fulton County, 15.4 percent; Harlan, 14.6 percent; Jackson, 14.4 percent; Leslie, 14.3 percent; Bell, 13.9 percent; Wolfe, 13.7 percent; McCreary, 13.6; Letcher, 13.5 percent; and Knott, 13.3 percent.
Jobless rates are based on estimates, not actual counts of people out of work.
The measurement is calculated using the number of unemployed people actively seeking work. It does not include people who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.
The statewide unemployment rate in July was 8.3 percent, according to an earlier release.