Logan unemployment remains low


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Despite rising slightly, unemployment rated in Logan County remain well below the state average and among the best in the 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 December, the jobless rate in Logan County was 4.9 percent with some 559 member of the total civilian labor force of 11,412 without a job. That rate was up slightly over November, when the percentage came in at 4.2 percent.

The statewide average was 5.5 percent.

Among the 10 counties of the Barren River Development District (BRADD) Logan County was still among the lowest. Warren County again had the lowest rate in the region at 4.3 percent. Three other counties – Allen, Monroe and Simpson – all had an almost identical rate as Logan County at 4.8 percent. Neighboring Butler County was next lowest in the region with a 5.5 percent unemployment rate.

The unemployment rate in other neighboring Kentucky counties was also higher than Logan. Todd County came in at 5.0 percent and Muhlenburg County was at 7.0 percent.

Over the past year, the rate rose in Logan County, as it was 4.7 percent in December of 2014.

That was the trend throughout nearly the entire state, however, as the unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between December 2014 and December 2015, fell in six counties and remained the same in five.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.8 percent; Fayette and Spencer counties, 3.9 percent each; Shelby County, 4.1 percent; and Boone, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Warren counties, 4.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.5 percent. It was followed by Wolfe County, 12.4 percent; Elliott and Letcher counties, 11.8 percent each; Harlan County, 11.6 percent; Leslie County, 11.2 percent; Owsley County, 11 percent; Lawrence County, 10.8 percent; and Knott and Pike counties, 10.6 percent each.

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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