Unemployment in Logan County was down considerably, according to the most recent statistics released by the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The August unemployment rate for Logan County came in at just 3.6 percent - down a full point from the month before when it was at 4.6 percent.


That made it the second lowest in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) behind only Warren County, which was at 3.5 percent.

Logan County's jobless rate was lower than all other neighboring Kentucky counties. Simpson County was at 3.8 percent, Todd County was at 3.7 percent, Butler County was at 4.4 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 5.7 percent.

Over the past year, the unemployment rate for Logan County is also much lower. At the same time in 2017, the rate was at 4.4 percent.

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That was the trend over most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between August 2017 and August 2018, rose in Owen, Monroe and Metcalfe counties, and stayed the same in Nelson and Lyon counties.

Boone, Campbell and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent each. It was followed by Fayette, Kenton and Oldham counties, 3.2 percent each; Scott, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.3 percent each; and Jessamine and Washington counties, 3.4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 11.7 percent. It was followed by Carter County, 8.9 percent; Elliott County, 7.8 percent; Harlan County, 7.5 percent; Owsley County, 7.2 percent; Clay, Knott and Leslie counties, 6.9 percent each; Breathitt County, 6.7 percent; and Lewis and Wolfe counties, 6.6 percent each.

Kentucky's county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 4.1 percent for August 2018, and 3.9 percent for the nation.