Jobless rates rise in half of Ky. counties in March

Unemployment rates rose in 60 of Kentucky's 120 counties in March, compared with the same month a year earlier. Rates fell in 54 counties and remained the same in six others, according to the state Office of Employment and Training.

At 6.1 percent, Woodford County had the lowest jobless rate in the state. It was followed by Oldham, 6.5 percent; Fayette, 6.6 percent; Daviess, Franklin and Madison, 6.9 percent each; Ohio, Scott and Shelby, 7 percent each; and Hancock, 7.1 percent.

Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.3 percent. It was followed by Leslie, 17.2 percent; Harlan, 16.8 percent; Letcher, 16.7 percent; Knott, 15.2 percent; Bell, 15 percent; Jackson and Menifee, 14.8 percent each; Fulton, 14.6 percent; and McCreary, 14.3 percent.