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Jobless rate up here after 205 lose work

rate increased a full percentage point after 205 residents lost their jobs between April and May.

According to the latest statistics available from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, the county’s jobless rate for May was 7.7 percent, up from 6.7 percent in April.

The statistics show that 8,551 Letcher County residents had jobs in May, down from 8,756 in April.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.6 percent. Other counties with low unemployment rates were Fayette County, 4 percent; Shelby County, 4.1 percent; Boone and Scott counties, 4.3 percent each; Franklin, Jessamine, Mason and Oldham counties, 4.4 percent each; Anderson, Henry, Larue and Warren counties, 4.5 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the 13.3 percent. It was followed by Clay County, 11.2 percent; Magoffin County, 10.7 percent; Harlan and Owsley counties, 9.9 percent each; Wolfe County, 9.5 percent; Leslie and McCreary counties, 9.3 percent each; Fulton County, 8.9 percent; and Muhlenberg County, 8.7 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 nonmilitary 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 counties figures.

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