Unemployment remains low in Logan


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Unemployment remained among the lowest in the region for Logan County when the most recent statistics were released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The jobless rate here in May was just 4.3 percent.. Only Warren County (3.9 percent) and Monroe County (4.2 percent) were lower among the 10 counties of the Barren River Area Develipment District (BRADD).

Other than Warren County and Todd County (which was also at 4.3 percent), neighboring Kentucky counties all had higher unemployment rates. Simpson County was at 4.4 percent, Butler County was at 4.7 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 6.6 percent.

Logan County was also well below the statewide average of 4.9 percent.

Over the past year, the unemployment rate had dropped over half a point. At the same time in 2015, the jobless rate was 4.9 percent in Logan County.

That was the trend for most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 91 Kentucky counties between May 2015 and May 2016, rose in 24 counties, and remained the same in five (Letcher, Marshall, Menifee, Powell and Webster).

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.4 percent; Fayette, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.6 percent each; Boone County, 3.7 percent; Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties, 3.8 percent each; and Franklin, Jessamine, Owen, Warren and Washington counties, 3.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.6 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 11.6 percent; Harlan County, 11.2 percent; Letcher County, 11.1 percent; Elliott County, 10.9 percent; Floyd County, 10.7 percent; Knott and Pike counties, 10.5 percent each; Clay County, 10.1 percent; and Lawrence County, 10 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 4.9 percent for May 2016, and 4.5 percent for the nation.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-2989.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-2989.

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