2011-08-03 / Front Page

Jobless rate is up a little, but still below last year’s

Unemployment rose slightly in Letcher County between May and June but is still lower than it was at this time last year, according to new statistics released by state government.

According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Letcher County’s jobless rate rose to 10.5 percent in June, up from 9.9 percent in May.

The statistics also show that Letcher County still has the secondlowest jobless rate in the eightcounty Kentucky River Area Development District, trailing only Perry County’s rate of 10.2 percent. Wolfe County had the most unemployment in the KRADD counties (13.3 percent), followed by Leslie County (12.6 percent). Neighboring Knott County had a jobless rate of 11.6 percent in June.

Letcher County also had the second- largest number of people working among the KRADD counties (8,041), again trailing only Perry County (10,771). Knott County had 5,627 residents with jobs in June.

Besides Letcher, 95 other Kentucky counties also saw reductions in jobless rates between June 2010 and June 2011, while 19 county rates increased and five counties remained the same.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.4 percent. It was followed by Larue County, 7.5 percent; Fayette County, 7.6 percent; Oldham County, 7.7 percent; Hancock County, 7.8 percent ; Calloway County, 7.9 percent; Ohio County, 8 percent; Madison County, 8.1 percent; and Scott, Shelby and Warren counties, 8.2 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.8 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 16.7 percent ; Menifee County, 14.5 percent; Clay County, 14.4 percent ; Fulton County, 14.3 percent; Lewis County, 14.1 percent ; McCreary County, 13.9 percent; Bell County, 13.5 percent; and Elliott County, 13.4 percent.

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.

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