The unemployment rate in Logan County continues to drop, according to the most recent statistics released last week from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
According to the official numbers, Logan County’s jobless rate in May was 4.9 percent, down from 5.7 percent a year ago. It was up slightly from the previous month, however, when it was listed at 4.5 percent in April.
Logan County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). Only Warren County (4.5 percent), Monroe County (4.6 percent) and Simpson County (4.8 percent) were lower.
Among other neightboring counties, only Todd County was lower at 4.6 percent. Muhlenberg County was at 6.8 percent and Butler County was at 5.8 percent.
The downward trend over the past year was the same for nearly the entire state.
Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between May 2014 and May 2015, but rose in Russell County.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.8 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4 percent each; Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone and Scott counties, 4.2 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, and Spencer counties, 4.3 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 12.7 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 11.1 percent; Leslie and Letcher counties, 10.3 percent; Russell County, 9.7 percent; Clay County, 9.5 percent; Knott County, 9.3 percent; Breathitt County, 9.2 percent; and Elliott and Wolfe counties, 9.1 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.