Logan County continued to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the region when the latest statistics were released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Logan County had an unemployment of 6.4 percent in May, up slightly from 6.1 in April. But that was still the third lowest in the 10-county Barren River Development District (BRADD). Only Warren and Simpson counties were lower at 6.3 percent each.
In all of the other neighboring Kentucky counties, the jobless rate was higher. It was 8.0 percent in Butler County, 6.8 percent in Todd County and 8.8 percent in Muhlenberg County.
Over the past year, unemployment dropped half a point in Logan County. It was 6.9 percent the same time a year ago.
That was the trend over most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 103 Kentucky counties between May 2013 and May 2014, while 11 county rates went up and six counties stayed the same.
Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.2 percent. It was followed by Kenton County, 5.6 percent, Campbell and Shelby counties, 5.8 percent each; Grant County, 5.9 percent; Gallatin, Oldham and Woodford counties, 6 percent; and Daviess, Fayette, Larue, Simpson and Warren counties, 6.3 percent each.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.1 percent; Harlan County, 14.8 percent; Leslie County, 14.1 percent; Letcher County, 13.8 percent; Bell and Knott counties, 12.9 percent each; Clay County, 12.7 percent; McCreary County, 12.4 percent; and Pike County, 12.2 percent.