Unemployment remains low in Logan


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Unemployment continues to be low in Logan County, according to the most recent statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The lastest numbers show Logan County with a 4.7 percent jobless rate in June of 2016. That is up slightly from 4.3 percent in May, but still ranks as third in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) and below the state average of 5.1 percent.

Only Monroe County (4.3 percent) and Warren County (4.5 percent) had lowers rates in the BRADD.

Other neighboring Kentucky counties were either higher or the same as Logan County. Simpson County was at 4.9 percent, Butler County was at 5.4 percent, Muhlenberg County was at 7.3 percent and Todd County was at 4.7 percent.

Over the past year, the unemployment rate has fallen in Logan County. In June of 2015, the rate was 5.0 percent.

That was the trend over a small majority of Kentucky counties as unemployment rates fell in 64 Kentucky counties between June 2015 and June 2016, rose in 49 counties, and remained the same in seven – Fleming, Henderson, Morgan, Simpson, Trigg, Trimble and Whitley.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.6 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.7 percent; Shelby County, 3.8 percent; Fayette and Spencer counties, 3.9 percent each; Anderson and Campbell counties, 4.1 percent each; Anderson and Campbell counties, 4.1 percent each; and Boone, Henry and Scott counties, 4.2 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.8 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 13.7 percent; Harlan County, 12.6 percent; Letcher County, 12 percent; Elliott County, 11.9 percent; Pike County, 11.6 percent; Floyd County, 11.4 percent; Knott County, 11.3 percent; Wolfe County; 11.2 percent; and Clay County, 11.1 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 5.4 percent for June 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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