Jobless rates down sharply over past year
by Ralph B. Davis
FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 114 Kentucky counties between December 2010 and December 2011, while six county rates increased, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
In Floyd County, the unemployment rate remained unchanged from November to December, at 9.2 percent. However, that figure was down sharply from a year ago, when the rate was 11.4 percent.
Elsewhere in the Big Sandy region, the story was much the same, with little or no change from month to month, but vast improvement from December 2010. Pike County has the lowest unemployment rate in the region, at 7.8 percent, which was down from 9.2 percent a year ago.
Magoffin County had the highest unemployment rate in the region and the third-highest in the state, at 14.4 percent. Still, that figure was down from 18.7 percent the year before.
Johnson County had unemployment of 8.5 percent last month, down from 11 percent the year before, while Martin County had unemployment of 9.2 percent, down from 10.5 percent in December 2010.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 6.5 percent; Boone County, 6.9 percent; Ohio and Warren counties, 7 percent each; Madison and Shelby counties, 7.1 percent each; Caldwell, Franklin, Larue and Oldham counties, 7.2 percent each.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15.2 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 14.9 percent; Magoffin County, 14.4 percent; Menifee County, 13.8 percent; Meade County, 13.7 percent; McCreary County, 13.6 percent; Bell County, 12.9 percent; Clay County, 12.8 percent; and Lewis and Wolfe counties, 12.6 percent each.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.
Learn more about the Office of Employment and Training at www.workforce.ky.gov.
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