Annual jobless rates up in all Ky. counties

The state Office of Employment and Training announced Tuesday that annual jobless rates rose in all 120 of Kentucky's counties in 2009 compared to 2008.

In 2009, 95 of the state's counties had jobless rates at or above 10 percent, according to the data released. That was up from just seven that had annual rates at or above 10 percent in 2008.

Fayette County had the lowest rate in the state, with 7.8 percent unemployment. The counties with the next-lowest rates were Woodford, 8.2 percent; Calloway, 8.4 percent; Boyd, 8.5 percent; Oldham, 8.6 percent; McCracken, 8.9 percent; Franklin and Jessamine, 9 percent each; and Carlisle and Hickman, 9.1 percent each.

The counties with the highest rates were Magoffin, 18.5 percent; Jackson, 16.9 percent; Menifee, 16.4 percent; Powell, 15.8 percent; Bath and Metcalfe, 15.6 percent each; Lewis and Trigg, 15.3 percent each; and Butler and Grayson, 14.7 percent each.