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Letcher had slightly lower jobless rate in 2007 than year before

Letcher County is one of 93 Kentucky counties that posted lower annual unemployment rates in 2007 than in 2006.

According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education Cabinet, Letcher County’s annual jobless rate for 2007 was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in 2006.

The statistics show that an average of 8,160 Letcher County residents held jobs in 2007, second highest in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District. Perry County, with an average of 10,725 with jobs in 2007, led the KRADD counties in employment. Trailing Letcher County were Knott County (5,807), Breathitt (5,082), and Leslie (3,292).

Annual unemployment rates went up in 21 counties and stayed the same in six others.

In 2007, three Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to four counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2006.

Woodford County’s 3.9 percent annual jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth in 2007. Other low rates also were recorded in Fayette County, 4 percent; Warren County, 4.3 percent; Scott County, 4.4 percent; Boone, Franklin and Jessamine counties, 4.5 percent each; Mason County, 4.7 percent; Kenton, Madison, Oldham and Shelby counties, 4.8 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2007 – 13.9 percent. It was followed by Clay County, 10.8 percent; Magoffin County, 10.5 percent; Wolfe County, 9.9 percent; Owsley County, 9.4 percent; McCreary County, 9.2 percent; Harlan County, 9.1 percent; Leslie and Morgan counties, 8.8 percent.

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