The unemployment rate in Logan County stayed well under the state average and continues to be ranked among the best in the region, according to the most recent statistics released last week by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
In February, the jobless rate for Logan County was 7.8 percent while the statewide average was 9.0 percent.
Logan County ranked third in the 10-county Barren River Development District (BRADD) behind just Warren County (7.3 percent) and Simpson County (7.4 percent) - both of which were among the top 10 best counties in the state with regard to employment.
Unemployment in Logan County was lower than all other neighboring Kentucky counties. Todd County came in at 8.4 percent, Butler County was 10.3 percent and Mulhenberg County was 10.9 percent.
Over the past year, unemployment fell in Logan County as the rate in February of 2013 was 8.1 percent.
Statewide, unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between February 2013 and February 2014, while 56 county rates went up and nine counties stayed the same.
Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.7 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 7 percent; Fayette and Woodford counties, 7.1 percent each; Campbell, Kenton, Shelby, Warren and Webster counties, 7.3 percent each; and Simpson County, 7.4 percent.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 20.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 19.3 percent; Leslie County, 17.8 percent; Harlan County, 17.7 percent; Menifee County, 17.2 percent; Letcher County, 16.6 percent; Knott County, 16 percent; Bell County, 15.9 percent; Lewis County, 15.8 percent and Wolfe County, 15.7 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.