Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2008 and August 2009 with Magoffin County leading the way, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 20.9 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.8 percent; Trigg County, 16.7 percent; Powell County, 16.6 percent; Grayson County, 16.5 percent; Metcalfe County, 15.8 percent; Allen and Morgan counties, 15.4 percent each; and Lewis and Menifee counties, 15.3 percent each.
Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 8.2 percent. It was followed by Woodford County, 8.6 percent; Boyd County, 8.7 percent; Calloway County, 8.8 percent; Oldham and Webster counties, 8.9 percent each; Jessamine County, 9.3 percent; and Boone, Clinton, Franklin and McCracken counties, 9.4 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.