Unemployment stats improving in Logan

Unemployment numbers for Logan County continue to improve, 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 for Logan County dropped from 5.1 percent in March to 4.5 percent in April, according tot he most recent numbers.

That made Logan County the fourth lowest in the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) behind just Warren County (4.1 percent), Simpson County (4.3 percent) and Monroe County (4.3 percent).

Neighboring Todd County also came in lower at 4.1 percent, but Butler County (5.2 percent) and Muhlenberg County (6.0 percent) were both significantly higher.

Over the past year, unemployment has dropped by a full point in Logan County. The rate was 5.5 percent in April of 2014.

That was the trend for nearly all of the state as unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between April 2014 and April 2015, but rose in Union County.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.6 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 3.7 percent each; Boone and Owen counties, 3.8 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, and Spencer counties, 3.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 12.5 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 10 percent; Leslie County, 9.4 percent; Russell County, 9.3 percent; Letcher County, 9.2 percent; Breathitt County, 8.8 percent; Knott County, 8.7 percent; Clay and Elliott counties, 8.6 percent each; and Floyd and Wolfe counties, 8.3 percent each.

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.

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