Whitesburg KY

Letcher jobless rate continues to drop

Employers in Letcher County hired 19 new workers between October and November as the county’s jobless rate fell from 9.9 percent to 9.6 percent.

Letcher County’s labor force increased to 7,909 last month, up from 7,890 the month before, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The latest figures released by the state also show that Letcher County continues to have the second-lowest jobless rate in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District, trailing only Perry County (9.3 percent). Neighboring Knott County, which is also a KRADD county, recorded a jobless rate of 11 percent in November.

Letcher County is also one of 114 Kentucky counties where unemployment fell between November 2010 and November 2011. Rates increased in six counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.3 percent. It was followed by Ohio County, 6.6 percent; Fayette County, 6.7 percent; Caldwell and Daviess counties, 7 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15.1 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 14.2 percent ; Magoffin County, 14 percent; Mc- Creary County, 13.9 percent; Meade County, 13.5 percent; Clay County, 12.8 percent ; Bell County, 12.7 percent; Lee County, 12.4 percent; Menifee County, 12.3 percent and Wayne County, 12.2 percent.

Neighboring Pike County, which is part of the five-county Big Sandy Area Development District, had eastern Kentucky’s lowest jobless rate in November, 7.8 percent. Letcher County’s other Kentucky neighbor, Harlan County, had an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent. Harlan is part of the Cumberland Valley Area Development District.

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