Unemployment still trending down in Logan


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Logan County’s unemployment rate continues to be well below the state average and has decreased over the past year according to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In the most recent numbers released, the jobless rate for Logan County in August of this year was 4.5 percent – down from 5.2 percent at the same time a year ago.

Monroe County had the lowest rate in the Barren River Area Development District at 3.9 percent. Neighboring Warren County was at 4.1 percent and Simpson County was at 4.2 percent.

Other neighboring Kentucky counties included Butler at 5.1 percent, Todd at 4.5 percent and Muhlenberg at 6.4 percent.

The downward trend over the past year was seen over most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 112 Kentucky counties between August 2014 and August 2015, rose in six counties and remained the same in two counties (Lawrence and Lee).

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Owen counties, 3.5 percent each; Oldham and Spencer counties, 3.6 percent each; Boone, Scott and Shelby counties, 3.7 percent each; and Campbell, Jessamine, Madison and Monroe counties, 3.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 14.1 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 11.2 percent; Owsley County, 11.1 percent; Harlan County, 10.9 percent; Leslie County, 10.2 percent; Letcher County, 10.1 percent; Carter County, 9.5 percent; Knott County, 9.2 percent; Clay County, 9.1 percent; and Wolfe County, 9 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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