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Letcher’s jobless rate still lowest of KRADD counties

Letcher County had more people with jobs in March than in February, and its unemployment rate remains the lowest in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District.

According to monthly statistics released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, 7,931 Letcher County residents held jobs in March, up from 7,906 with jobs in February. The county’s jobless rate remains at 9.1 percent, up from 7.0 percent this time last year when 75 additional Letcher residents (8,106) held jobs.

In fact, unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between March 2008 and March 2009, reports the Employment and Training Office.

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth in March at 7.4 percent. It was followed by Woodford County, 7.7 percent; McCracken and Oldham counties, 8.1 percent each; Calloway County, 8.2 percent; Boyd County, 8.3 percent ; Pike County, 8.5 percent; Jessamine County, 8.8 percent; and Franklin and Rowan counties, 8.9 percent each.

Menifee County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 18.1 percent. It was followed by Bath County, 17.7 percent; Jackson County, 16.8 percent ; Magoffin County, 16.5 percent; Powell County, 15.6 percent ; Cumberland County, 15.4 percent; Trigg County, 15.3 percent; Butler County, 15.2 percent; Lewis County, 15 percent; and Wayne County, 14.8 percent.

All of the eight counties in the Kentucky River Area Development District had more people working in March than during the month before. Neighboring Knott County had second-lowest jobless rate, 9.2 percent, followed by Perry County, 9.9 percent. Breathitt County reported a 10.0 jobless rate. It was followed by Owsley County, 10.1 percent; Lee County, 11.4 percent; Leslie County, 11.6 percent, and Wolfe County, 12.7 percent.

Harlan County matched Laurel County’s 10.4 percent jobless rate for lowest among the eight-county Cumberland River Area Development District.

Unemployment statistics do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

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