Unemployment was up slightly in Logan County over the past year, but is still among the lowest in the region and state according to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
According to the most recent numbers, the jobless rate in Logan County for October 2013 was 6.9 percent. That number was 6.8 percent at the same time one year ago.
Logan County ranks second among the 10 counties of the Barren River Development District - only behind Warren County, which had a rate of 6.8 percent. Neighboring Simpson County was third at 7.0 percent.
All other neighboring counties also had higher rates than Logan. Butler County had a rate of 8.5 percent. Todd County was at 7.4 percent and Muhlenberg County was 9.3 percent.
The statewide average was considerably higher than Logan County at 8.0 percent.
The slight rise over the past year was seen throughout Kentucky as unemployment rates rose in 96 counties between October 2012 and October 2013, while 14 county rates decreased and 10 stayed the same.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Grant County, 6.2 percent; Fayette and Scott counties, 6.4 percent each; Boone, Daviess and Oldham counties, 6.5 percent each; Carlisle County, 6.6 percent; and Shelby, Spencer and Webster counties, 6.7 percent each.
Leslie County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 18 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 16.4 percent; Magoffin County, 16.1 percent; Letcher County, 14.7 percent; Bell County, 14.4 percent; Knott County, 13.6 percent; Jackson County, 13.3 percent; Clay and Fulton counties, 13.1 percent each; and McCreary County, 13 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 in this news release 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.