Jobless rates up in 116 counties

The state Office of Employment and Training announced Thursday that jobless rates rose in 116 of Kentucky's 120 counties in January compared to January 2009.

Fayette County had the lowest rate in the state, with 8.5 percent unemployment. The counties with the next-lowest rates were Boyd, 8.8 percent; Woodford, 9 percent; Madison, 9.5 percent; Calloway and Jessamine, 9.7 percent each; Scott, 9.8 percent; Boone and Oldham, 9.9 percent each; and Franklin, 10 percent.

The counties with the highest rates were Magoffin, 23.5 percent; Menifee, 20 percent; Jackson, 19.6 percent; Bath, 18 percent; Powell, 17.9 percent; Edmonson and Lewis, 17.8 percent; Grayson, 17.4 percent; Wolfe, 17.3 percent; and Morgan, 17.1 percent.