Unemployment rate remains low in Logan

By OJ Stapleton - [email protected]

Unemployment in Logan County remains well under the state average while remaining relatively steady, 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 unemployment rate for Logan County in September was 4.3 percent after being listed as 4.2 percent the previous month.

The jobless rate was fifth in the Barren County Area Development District behind Warren County (3.5 percent) Metcalfe County (3.9 percent), Allen County (4.0 percent) and Monroe County (4.0 percent).

Logan County’s rate was also lower than most other neighboring counties. Simpson County was at 4.5 percent, Butler County was at 4.9 percent and Muhlenberg County was at 6.4 percent. Todd County had an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.

Over the past year, there has been no change in Logan County as it was also at 4.3 percent in September of 2015.

Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between September 2015 and September 2016, rose in 41 and stayed the same in five counties (Grayson, Henderson, Livingston, Logan and Simpson).

Oldham and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent each. They were followed by Shelby County, 3.3 percent; Fayette County, 3.4 percent; Boone, Spencer and Warren counties, 3.5 percent each; Campbell and Scott counties, 3.6 percent each; and Anderson, Franklin, Jessamine and Madison counties, 3.7 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.5 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 12.5 percent; Letcher County, 11.3 percent; Harlan County, 11.2 percent; Elliott County, 11.1 percent; Floyd County, 10.5 percent; Knott County, 10.2 percent; Lawrence and Pike counties, 10.1 percent each; and Carter and Perry counties, 10 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 September 2016, and 4.8 percent for the nation.

By OJ Stapleton

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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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