Unemployment rates down in 97 counties in April

Unemployment rates fell in 97 of Kentucky's 120 counties in April compared to April 2010, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Rates increased in 20 counties, while three counties saw jobless rates remain the same.

At 7 percent, Webster County had the lowest jobless rate in the state. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham, 7.6 percent each; Ohio and Woodford, 7.7 percent each; Caldwell, 7.8 percent; Hancock, 7.9 percent; Carlisle and Hickman, 8 percent; and Franklin and Scott, 8.2 percent each.

Jackson County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.1 percent. It was followed by Menifee, 17.6 percent; Magoffin, 17.3 percent; McCreary, 15.3 percent; Clay, 15.2 percent; Lewis, 14.6 percent; Rockcastle, 14 percent; Bell, 13.4 percent; and Lincoln and Fulton, 13.3 percent each.