Unemployment continues to decrease in Logan County


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Unemployment in Logan County continues a downward trend as the most recent rate of 5.2 percent was announced by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The rate for the same time one yuear ago was 5.9 percent in Logan County, so the past 12 months have seen a decrease of over half a percentage point.

Logan County remains with one of the lowest unemployment numbers in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). Monroe County led the region at 4.7 percent. Simpson County was at 4.8 percent while Warren and Metcalfe counties were at 5.0 percent.

Other neighboring Kentucky counties were all higher than Logan. Todd County came in at 5.5 percent while Butler County was 5.8 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 7.3 percent.

The general downward trend was seen over much of the state as unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between July 2014 and July 2015, but rose in five counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Owen counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone County, 4.3 percent; Scott County, 4.4 percent; Campbell, Jessamine and Kenton counties, 4.5 percent each; Anderson County, 4.6 percent; and Madison and Monroe counties, 4.7 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 12 percent; Leslie County, 11.1 percent; Letcher County, 10.8 percent; Carter County, 10.3 percent; Clay, Knott, Russell and Wayne counties, 10.1 percent each; and Wolfe County, 10 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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