Annual unemployment figures show jobless rates were higher in all 120 Kentucky counties for 2009.
In addition, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported Tuesday that 95 counties, including Letcher, had a jobless rate at or above 10 percent last year. Th
at compares with just seven counties that recorded double-digit unemployment rates in 2008.
The county with the lowest unemployment rate overall last year was Fayette with 7.8 percent. It was followed by nearby Woodford County at 8.2 percent.
The highest annual jobless rate in 2009 was recorded in Magoffin County at 18.5 percent. It was followed by Jackson County at 16.9 percent.
Letcher County’s jobless rate for 2009 was 10.9 percent, up from 7.1 percent in 2008.