Unemployment rates drop in Logan County


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Unemployment is down in Logan County, 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 was 5.3 percent in February and fell to 5.1 percent in March, according to the numbers released last week.

Logan County remains well below the state average of 5.8 percent and is still among the best in the 10-county Barren River Area Development Distriction (BRADD) region.

Warren County has the lowest unemployment in the BRADD at 4.7 percent. Simpson County is slightly lower at 5.0 percent. Allen County and Monroe County recorded the same unemployment rate as Logan County in March.

Among other neighboring Kentucky counties, Logan is in good shape. Butler County was at 6.4 percent, Todd County was at 5.2 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 7.9 percent.

Over the past year, the jobless rate in Logan County has also dropped. In March of 2015, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

That was not the case over much of the state as unemployment rates rose in 65 Kentucky counties between March 2015 and March 2016, fell in 37 counties, and remained the same in 18.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.6 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 4 percent; Fayette County, 4.1 percent; Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Scott County, 4.3 percent; Spencer County 4.4 percent; Anderson, Boone and Campbell counties, 4.5 percent each; and Franklin, Jessamine and Madison counties, 4.6 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.1 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 13.9 percent; Harlan County, 13.3 percent; Letcher County, 12.7 percent; Floyd and Wolfe counties, 12.6 percent each; Knott County, 12.3 percent; Pike County, 12.1 percent; Owsley County, 12 percent; and Martin County, 11.7 percent.

In contrast to the monthly national and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable, unadjusted state unemployment rate for the state was 5.8 percent for March 2016, and 5.1 percent for the nation.

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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