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Jobless rate falls here

Letcher County’s unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent in March to 6.7 percent in April.

According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, 8,756 members of Letcher County’s 9,387-member labor force held jobs in April.

Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, unemployment rates dropped in 102 counties between April 2006 and April 2007, rose in 12 counties and stayed the same in six counties.

Knott County has the lowest jobless rate for the month of April in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District with 6.2 percent. Perry County had a jobless rate of 6.6 percent with 11,217 of its 12,010-member labor force working in April.

Pike County had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, with 24,155 of its 25,642-member labor force with jobs. Harlan County, where 9,756 people were working in April, had a 7.9 percent rate of joblessness.

With 13,376 people out of its 13,850-member labor force working, Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.4 percent. Other counties with low unemployment rates were Fayette County, 3.8 percent; Boone and Shelby counties, 4 percent each; and Campbell, Gallatin, Kenton, Oldham, Scott and Warren counties, 4.2 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 12.8 percent. It was followed by Clay County, 10.9 percent; Magoffin County, 10.6 percent; Owsley County, 10 percent; Wolfe County, 9.8 percent; McCreary County, 9.3 percent; Leslie County, 8.7 percent; Muhlenberg County, 8.6 percent; Morgan County, 8.1 percent; and Harlan County, 7.9 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. These statistics do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

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