In May of 2009, the jobless rate here was 11.8 percent. 12 months later, that is down to 10.2 percent.
The 10.2 percent is the third lowest in the Barren River Development District (BRADD).
Only Warren County (8.7 percent) and Hart County (9.7 percent) have lower rates.
Other neighboring Kentucky counties also have higher rates than Logan. Those include Simpson (12.6 percent), Butler (12.8 percent) and Todd (11.0 percent). Muhlenberg County was slightly lower at 10.0 percent.
That trend was the same for much of the state as unemployment rates fell in 93 Kentucky counties between May 2009 and May 2010.
Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.7 percent. It was followed by Woodford County, 7.8 percent; Oldham County, 8 percent; Calloway County, 8.1 percent; Franklin County, 8.3 percent; Boyd County, 8.5 percent; and Ballard, Madison, McCracken and Robertson counties, 8.6 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 19.1 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.4 percent; Menifee County, 17 percent; Metcalfe County, 14.8 percent; Powell County, 14.4 percent; Fulton and Grayson counties, 13.9 percent each; McCreary County, 13.8 percent; Wolfe County, 13.6 percent; and Morgan County, 13.5 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 to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.