Whitesburg KY

Jobless rate up here

rate has risen slightly, but remains the lowest in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District.

According to statistics released by state government this week, Letcher County’s jobless rate was 9.4 percent in April, up from 9.1 percent in March. Even though its unemployment rate went up, Letcher County still had more people working in April (7,964) than in March (7,931).

The latest figures show that Letcher County is tied with Breathitt County and Knott County for lowest jobless rate among the KRADD counties. However, Letcher County has more than 2,000 more people with jobs than Knott County (5,738) and nearly 3,000 more employed than Breathitt County (5,099). The unemployment rate for neighboring Perry County, where 10,155 still held jobs in April, was 9.7 percent.

The new statistics also show that Letcher County’s unemployment rate has risen from 6.1 percent in April 2008 to its current rate of 9.4 percent. In fact, unemployment ties between April 2008 and April 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Fayette and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth at 6.9 percent each. They were followed by Calloway County, 7.3 percent; Oldham County, 7.5 percent; Hickman County, 7.6 percent ; McCracken County, 7.7 percent; Boyd County, 7.8 percent; Pike County, 8 percent; Carlisle County, 8.1 percent ; and Franklin County, 8.2 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.7 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 15.9 percent ; Trigg and Menifee counties, 15.8 percent each; Bath County, 15.2 percent; Allen and Powell counties, 14.5 percent each; and Butler County, 14.2 percent.

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