Unemployment continues to fall in Logan

By OJ Stapleton - [email protected]

The unemployment rate in Logan County was down 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 in Logan County in August was 4.2 percent – down from 4.6 percent the month before.

Logan County also continues to have one of the lowest rates in the region. Warren County and Monroe County had the lowest unemployment rates in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). Metcale County was at 3.8 percent, Allen County was at 3.9 percent and Simpson County came in with the same rate as Logan at 4.2 percent.

Among other neighboring Kentucky counties, only Todd County was lower at 4.0 percent. Muhlenberg County had an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent and Butler County was at 4.8 percent.

Over the past year, the trend of Logan County’s jobless rate decreasing has continued. It was 4.4 percent during the same period of 2015.

That was the trend for most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between August 2015 and August 2016, rose in 36 and stayed the same in Montgomery and Wayne counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.1 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 3.3 percent each; Boone, Campbell, Monroe, Spencer and Warren counties, 3.5 percent each; and Anderson, Franklin, Jessamine and Scott counties, 3.6 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.2 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 13.2 percent; Letcher County, 11.8 percent; Elliott County, 11.7 percent; Harlan County, 11.6 percent; Carter and Lawrence counties, 10.6 percent each; Knott County, 10.5 percent; Floyd and Perry counties, 10.4 percent each.

In contrast to the monthly national and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 4.8 percent for August 2016, and 5 percent for the nation.

By OJ Stapleton

[email protected]

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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