Whitesburg KY

Jobless rate up, but still third-lowest in KRADD

Letcher County’s jobless rate has grown as 636 additional people are now without jobs, statistics released this week by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training show.

Letcher County’s unemployment rate grew from 6.4 percent in November, when 8,634 county residents had jobs, to 7.5 percent in January, when the number of people working fell to 7,998.

Despite the large number of job cuts, Letcher still had the third-lowest rate of unemployment in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District. Perry County had the district’s lowest jobless rate, 6.7 percent, followed by Knott County at 7.2 percent. Wolfe County’s 10 percent jobless rate was highest among the KRADD counties.

Letcher County still far outpaces Knott County in the number of residents who have jobs, 7,998 to 5,690. Perry County reports 10,548 people with employment.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate for January – 12.1 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 11.2 percent; Menifee County, 10.9 percent; Clay County, 10.4 percent; Morgan County, 10.1 percent; Wolfe County, 10 percent; Bath County, 9.7 percent; and Lewis County, 9.6 percent.

Fayette and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth at 4.2 percent each. Other counties with low unemployment rates were Warren County, 4.6 percent; Boone and Jessamine counties, 4.8 percent each; Madison and Scott counties, 4.9 percent each; and Bourbon and Boyd counties, 5.1 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.

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