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Unemployment rate falls in July despite fact jobs were fewer

Letcher County unemployment rate fell slightly in July, even though 13 fewer people had jobs here than during the month before.

The jobless rate for July in Letcher County was 7.7 percent, down from 8.3 percent in June.

According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Education Cabinet, 8,613 Letcher County residents had jobs in July, down from 8,626 in June. The jobless rate for July is lower because the number of laid-off workers who hadn’t exhausted their unemployment benefits was 723, compared to 784 in June.

Jobless rates for July in counties adjacent to Letcher were: Pike (6.5 percent), Knott (7.8), Perry (7.5), and Harlan (9.7).

Letcher was one of 77 Kentucky counties where unemployment fell between July 2006 and July 2007. The rate rose in 32 counties and remained the same in 11 counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 4.1 percent. Other counties with low unemployment rates were Fayette County, 4.3 percent; Boone County, 4.5 percent; Franklin County, 4.6 percent; Jessamine, Scott and Warren counties, 4.7 percent each; Clark County, 4.8 percent; and Henderson, Mason and Oldham counties, 4.9 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 12.9 percent. It was followed by Clay County, 10.9 percent; Magoffin and Wolfe counties, 10.3 percent each; Harlan County, 9.7 percent; Owsley County, 9.6 percent; McCreary and Muhlenberg counties, 9.3 percent each; Leslie County, 8.9 percent; and Morgan County, 8.7 percent.

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