Kentucky jobless rate up to 7 percent

FRANKFORT — A state labor market analyst says the loss of 7,600 jobs pushed Kentucky's unemployment rate to 7 percent in November.

That was up from 6.8 percent in October.

The analyst, Justine Detzel of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, blamed the state's economy for the job losses. She said most of the job losses were tied to declines in consumer spending.

The job losses were in seven of the state's 11 major job sectors. The professional and business services sector was hardest hit with 2,300 jobs lost in November. The leisure and hospitality sector had a decline of 2,100 jobs.

Manufacturing also was hard hit with the loss of 1,100 jobs.