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Kentucky jobless rate falls to 9.6% in October

Kentucky's unemployment rate resumed its downward trajectory in October, as it fell to 9.6 percent from 9.7 percent in September.

The rate has seesawed lately, as it had experienced a month-long fall earlier this year only to stay steady in August and then rise 0.2 percentage points in September.

In October, the state also continued to lag the national rate, which was 9 percent.

The state's latest report included solid good news as the state added jobs for the first time since July, said a statement from Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics for the state Office of Employment and Training. He added that the state had the highest level of non-farm employment since December 2008.

The state added 5,200 jobs during the month, as six of the major economic sectors added jobs, four saw decreases and one remained the same.

The highest growth came in the manufacturing sector, which added 2,900 jobs. The increase came primarily in the portion of the industry that produces goods intended for long use like appliances and furniture, Crouch said.

The leisure and hospitality sector added 1,700 jobs, boosted by hotels and restaurants.

Other sectors adding jobs were educational and health services (1,000); trade, transportation and utilities (400); information (400) and other services (200).

Leading the declines was the state's professional and business services sector, which shed 600 jobs.

Construction employment also fell by 400 positions, while the financial activities and mining and logging sectors each dropped by 200 jobs.

Employment in the government sector stayed steady in October.

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