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Kentucky jobless rate highest since '87

■ Kentucky's unemployment rate rose to 8.7 percent in January, the highest since March 1987.

■ The 1.1 increase over the December unemployment rate was the largest on record, dating to January 1976, Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst for the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, said Thursday in a news release.

■ The January 2009 unemployment rate is 3.2 percentage points higher than the 5.5 percent rate recorded in January 2008 — the largest year-over-year increase since 1980.

■ The national seasonally adjusted jobless rate for January is 7.6 percent.

■ Here are the number of jobs gained and lost, by employment sector, in January in Kentucky:


-10,3000; 32,100 fewer jobs than a year ago. Auto industry suffers statewide.

Trade, transportation and utilities

-3,000; Largest employment sector, includes retail. 11,600 jobs lost in a year.


-2,500; 10,000 fewer jobs than a year ago, reflecting housing crunch.

Leisure and hospitality

-300; Includes arts, entertainment, recreation, dining and drinking.


-200; Includes publishing, broadcasting, data processing and Internet jobs.

Professional and business services

+200; First gains since April 2008.


+700; Still down 3,900 jobs from January 2008.

Educational and health services

+600; One of the few consistent growth areas.

Natural Resources and mining

+300; Coal industry has fueled growth.

Financial Activities

+300; Includes finance, insurance and real estate.

Other Services

+300; Includes maintenance jobs, personal services, religious, civic, and professional organizations.

Source: Kentucky Office of Employment and Training