Unemployment remains low in Logan


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Logan County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the region and state, 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 April of this year, the jobless rate in Logan County was recorded at 4.0 percent. The statewide average was 4.6 percent and the only county in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) with a lower rate was Warren County at just 3.7 percent.

The rate dropped a full percentage point from March, when it was at 5.0 percent.

Among other neighboring counties, Simpson County was at 4.1 percent, Butler County was at 5.1 percent, Todd County was at 4.1 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 6.2 percent.

Over the past year, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.4 percent in April of 2015. That trend occurred for most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2015 and April 2016, rose in 33 counties, and remained the same in four (Breathitt, Mason, Metcalfe and Owen).

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.2 percent; Fayette County, 3.3 percent; Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.4 percent each; Boone, Campbell and Scott counties, 3.5 percent each; and Anderson, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Owen and Warren counties, 3.7 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.8 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 11.6 percent; Harlan County, 10.9 percent; Letcher County, 10.7 percent; Floyd County, 10.5 percent; Pike County, 10 percent; Knott County, 9.9 percent; Clay County, 9.7 percent; Owsley County, 9.6 percent; and Perry County, 9.5 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 4.6 percent for April 2016, and 4.7 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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