05-24-2012

Jobless rates down in 110 counties from April 2011 to April 2012

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 110 Kentucky counties between April 2011 and April 2012, while nine county rates increased and one stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 5.1 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 5.8 percent; Fayette and Oldham counties, 5.9 percent each; Hancock County, 6 percent; Union County, 6.2 percent; Daviess and Ohio counties, 6.3 percent each; and Anderson, Calloway, Spencer and Webster counties, 6.5 percent each, according to a press release from the state.

Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 20.5 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.7 percent; Jackson County, 13.7 percent; Leslie County, 13.2 percent; Bell County, 12.7 percent; Clay County, 12.4 percent, Menifee County, 12.3 percent; McCreary County, 12 percent; Wayne County, 11.9 percent and Harlan and Lee counties, 11.7 percent each.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working.