Unemployment rates fell in 83 of Kentucky's 120 counties in January compared to the same month a year earlier. Rates increased in 33 counties and remained the same in four others, according to the state Office of Employment and Training.
Woodford County had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.9 percent. It was followed by Fayette, 6.5 percent; Oldham, 6.6 percent; Shelby, 6.7 percent; Madison, 7 percent; Franklin, 7.1 percent; Daviess and Scott, 7.2 percent each; and Anderson, Hancock and Union, 7.3 percent each.
Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.8 percent. It was followed by Letcher, 16.9 percent; Leslie, 16.4 percent; Harlan, 15.8 percent; Fulton, 15.2 percent; Jackson and Knott, 15.1 percent each; Bell, 14.7 percent; Menifee, 14.6 percent; and McCreary, 14.4 percent.