Unemployment drops in Logan County

By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

The unemployment rate in Logan County has dropped a full point over the last year, according to the latest statistics released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In June of 2014, the jobless rate in Logan County was 5.9 percent. That number was just 4.9 percent in June of this year and it continues to be below the state average and one of the lowest in the Barren Rivera Area Development District (BRADD).

The state average for June was 5.3 percent and only Monroe (4.6 percent), Simpson (4.7 percent) and Metcalfe (4.8 percent) counties had a lower unemployment among the 10-county BRADD.

Two neighboring counties – Todd and Warren – both had the same 4.9 percent jobless rate as Logan, while Muhlenberg and Butler counties were both higher at 7.2 and 5.1 percent, respectively.

The downward trend over the past year was seen over most of the state, as unemployment rates fell in 118 Kentucky counties between June 2014 and June 2015, but rose in Hancock and Russell counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.2 percent; Spencer County, 4.3 percent; and Anderson, Campbell and Jessamine counties, 4.4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 13.1 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 11.1 percent; Letcher County, 10.7 percent; Leslie County, 9.9 percent; Clay, Knott and Wolfe counties, 9.8 percent each; Carter and Russell Counties, 9.7 percent each; and Breathitt County, 9.3 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

By OJ Stapleton


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