Unemployment continues to fall in Logan County


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



The unemployment rate continued to drop in Logan County, according to the most recent statistics released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The jobless rate dropped from 4.5 percent in August to 4.2 percent in September.

That was once again one of the lowest rates in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).

Warren County had the lowest rate in the region at 3.8 percent. Monroe County was at 3.9 percent and Simpson County was at 4.1 percent.

Among other bordering Kentucky counties, Logan was the lowest. Todd County was at 4.4 percent, Muhlenberg County was at 5.9 percent and Butler County was at 4.7 percent.

Logan County also saw the unemployment drop over the past year. This same time a year ago, the jobless rate was 4.8 percent.

That trend was seen over much of the state as unemployment rates fell in 112 Kentucky counties between September 2014 and September 2015, rose in six counties and remained the same in two counties (Muhlenberg and Russell).

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.4 percent; Oldham, Owen, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.5 percent each; Boone, Madison and Scott counties, 3.6 percent each; and Jessamine County, 3.7 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent. It was followed by Owsley County, 10.6 percent; Harlan County, 9.9 percent; Letcher County, 9.4 percent; Leslie County, 9.2 percent; Carter County, 8.8 percent; Clay, Elliott and Knott counties, 8.6 percent; and Wolfe County, 8.4 percent.

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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