Unemployment drops below 4% in Logan County


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Unemployment in Logan County has now dipped below four percent, according to the most recent statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In October, the jobless rate in Logan County was calculated at just 3.7 percent – down from 4.2 percent in September. It was the second lowest rate in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) behind just Warren County, which was at 3.5 percent.

The BRADD average was 3.8 percent, while the statewide average was 4.3 percent.

All other neighboring counties had higher rates. Simpson County was at 3.8 percent, Todd County was at 4.0 percent, Butler County was at 4.4 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 5.4 percent.

The downward trend has been happening all year long. In October of 2014, the unemployment rate in Logan County was a full point and a half higher at 4.8 percent.

That was the case over most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 109 Kentucky counties between October 2014 and October 2015, rose in seven counties and remained the same in four.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.1 percent; Oldham, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.2 percent each; Owen and Shelby counties, 3.3 percent each; and Boone, Campbell and Madison counties, 3.4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. It was followed by Owsley County, 9.2 percent; Letcher County, 9.1 percent; Harlan County, 9 percent; Wolfe County, 8.6 percent; Leslie County, 8.5 percent; Knott and Pike counties, 8.3 percent each; Clay County, 8.2 percent; and Lee County, 8.1 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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