Jobless rates down in 98 counties in August

Unemployment rates fell in 98 of Kentucky's 120 counties in August, according to data released by the state Office of Employment and Training. Twenty counties saw their rates increase compared to August 2011, while two stayed the same.

At 6.5 percent, Oldham County had the lowest jobless rate in the state. It was followed by Franklin, Scott and Union, 6.6 percent each; Fayette, 6.7 percent; Boone and Jessamine, 6.8 percent each; Madison, 6.9 percent; and Hancock, Ohio and Shelby, 7 percent each.

Fulton County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 16.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin, 16.6 percent; Harlan and Leslie, 14.3 percent each; Letcher, 14 percent; Bell and McCreary, 13.8 percent each; Jackson, 13.7 percent; Knott, 13.2 percent; and Wolfe, 13.1 percent.