Jobless rates fell in 98 Kentucky counties from August 2009 to August 2010, according to numbers released Thursday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Woodford County recorded the lowest rate, 7.6 percent. Counties with the next-lowest rates were Webster, 7.9 percent; Boyd, 8.2 percent; Fayette and Oldham, 8.3 percent each; Livingston, 8.4 percent; Boone and Calloway, 8.5 percent each; and Carlisle, Franklin, Hancock, Henderson and Shelby, 8.6 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate, 18.2 percent. It was followed by Menifee, 17.2 percent; Jackson, 16.7 percent; Metcalfe, 15.5 percent; Clay, 14.3 percent; McCreary, 14.2 percent; Wolfe, 13.7 percent; and Grayson, Morgan and Powell, 13.6 percent each.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than the precise number of people working. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.