Unemployment remains low in Logan


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Unemployment in Logan County remains among the lowest in the state and region, 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.

In November, the jobless rate for Logan County was 4.2 percent – well below the state average of 4.8 percent.

In the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) only Warren County had a lower unemployment rate at 4.0 percent. Monroe County had the third lowest rate in the BRADD at 4.3 percent.

Jobless rates were higher in all other neighboring Kentucky counties, include those outside of BRADD. Todd County was at 4.5 percent, Simpson County was at 4.5 percent, Butler County was at 5.1 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 6.2 percent.

The rate was up slightly from the previous month when Logan County recorded its lowest unemployment rate in years at 3.8 percent. But the employment rate is still lower than it was at the same time a year ago when it was at 4.8 percent.

That was the trend throughout most of the state too, as unemployment rates fell in 92 Kentucky counties between November 2014 and November 2015, rose in 23 counties and remained the same in five.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Oldham and Spencer counties, 3.6 percent each; Shelby County, 3.7 percent; Boone, Campbell, Madison and Scott counties, 3.9 percent each; and Anderson, Bullitt, Jessamine, Warren and Washington counties, 4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.6 percent. It was followed by Letcher County, 10.2 percent; Harlan County, 10.1 percent; Owsley County, 9.9 percent; Wolfe County, 9.7 percent; Elliott County, 9.5 percent; Leslie County, 9.4 percent; Clay County, 9.3 percent; Knott County, 9.2 percent, and Pike County, 9.1 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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