Jobless rates up in all but one Ky. county

Unemployment rates rose in all but one Kentucky county from January 2008 to January 2009, with Menifee County recording the highest jobless rate at 17.7 percent.

Fayette County recorded the lowest rate in the state at 6.3 percent, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said Thursday.

The only county that did not show an increase from January 2008 was Martin County, which remained the same at 8.7 percent.

Last week, the office reported a statewide unemployment rate of 8.7 percent in January, the highest rate in 22 years. That rate is seasonally adjusted, but the county data released Thursday are not. The statewide unemployment rate in Kentucky without a seasonal adjustment is 9.5 percent.

Huge declines in manufacturing jobs have led the surge in Kentucky unemployment.

After Menifee County was Bath County at 16.5 percent, followed by Jackson and Trigg counties, 15.6 percent each; Powell County, 15.4 percent; Magoffin County, 14.3 percent; Lewis and Cumberland counties, 14.2 percent each; Grayson County, 14.1 percent; and Edmonson, Metcalfe and Morgan counties, 13.9 percent each.

The unemployment rate for the 17-county Bluegrass region was 7.9 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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