According to the latest statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, the unemployment rate for Logan County in June was 10.3 percent. At the same time a year ago, that number was 12.1 percent.
The jobless rate rose slightly from May, where it was 10.1 percent, but it was still third best among the counties of the Barren River Development District. Warren County was lowest at 9.0 percent and Hart County came in second at 9.9 percent.
All of the other bordering counties in Kentucky had higher unemployment. Todd County was at 10.8 percent, Muhlenberg County was at 10.5 percent, Butler County was at 11.1 percent and Simpson County was at 13.4 percent.
The downward trend over the past year was shared by most of the state.
Unemployment rates fell in 107 Kentucky counties between June 2009 and June 2010.
Fayette and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 7.8 percent each. They were followed by Calloway County, 8 percent; Oldham County, 8.2 percent; Ballard and Madison counties, 8.5 percent each; McCracken County, 8.6 percent; and Franklin, Hopkins and Scott counties, 8.7 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 19 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 16.4 percent; Menifee County, 16.3 percent; Metcalfe County, 15 percent; Wolfe County, 14.5 percent; Lewis County, 14 percent; Powell County, 13.9 percent; Grayson County, 13.8 percent; McCreary County, 13.7 percent; and Clay, Simpson and Trimble counties, 13.4 percent each.
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.