Jobless rate falls in 84 counties

Jobless rates fell in 84 Kentucky counties from December 2009 to December 2010, according to numbers released Thursday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Fayette and Woodford counties had the lowest jobless rate in the state, at 7.5 percent each. Counties with the next-lowest rates were Oldham, 7.9 percent; Hopkins, Madison and Warren, 8.2 percent each; Franklin, 8.3 percent; Calloway, 8.4 percent; and Caldwell, Carlisle, Jessamine, Rowan and Shelby, 8.5 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate, 18.8 percent. Counties with the next-highest rates were Menifee, 18.3 percent; Jackson, 17 percent; Lewis, 15.4 percent; McCreary, 15.2 percent; Wolfe, 14.8 percent; Bath, 14.3 percent; Morgan and Powell, 14.2 percent each; and Clay, 13.8 percent.

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 previous four weeks.