State sees drop in jobless rates in 99 counties

Unemployment rates fell in 99 of Kentucky's 120 counties in May compared to May 2010, according to data released Thursday by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. Rates increased in 16 counties, while five saw jobless rates remain the same.

At 7.3 percent, Fayette County had the lowest jobless rate in the state. It was followed by Calloway and Oldham, 7.5 percent each; Hancock and Woodford, 7.6 percent each; Caldwell and Warren, 7.7 percent each; Union County, 7.8 percent; and Hardin and Ohio, 8 percent each.

Jackson County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 17.4 percent. It was followed by Metcalfe County, 16.3 percent; Magoffin County, 15.9 percent; McCreary County, 14.9 percent; Clay County, 14.5 percent; Lewis County, 13.9 percent; Fulton County, 13.6 percent; and Menifee, Nelson and Rockcastle counties, 13.3 percent each.