The unemployment rate in Logan County dropped nearly two points from August to September, according to the most recent statistics from the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The jobless rate in Logan County was 5.7% in September, but full to just 4.0% in August. That made it the lowest in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).

The next lowest counties were Allen County at 4.2% and Hart County at 4.3%.

Other neighboring Kentucky counties included Warren County (4.6%), Simpson County (4.9%), Butler County (5.1%), Todd County (3.8%) and Muhlenberg County (7.2%).

The rate was slightly lower in Logan County one year ago when it was at 3.8%, but due to the pandemic, that was the case over much as the state as unemployment rates rose in 113 Kentucky counties between September 2019 and September 2020, fell in six and was the same in Crittenden County.

Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5%. It was followed by Carlisle, Cumberland, Pendleton, Shelby, Todd and Washington counties, 3.8% each; Henry and Spencer counties, 3.9% each; and Logan County, 4%.

Magoffin County recorded the states highest unemployment rate at 13.5%. It was followed by Harlan County, 11.2%; Martin County, 10%; Letcher County, 9.3%; Breathitt and Leslie counties, 8.6%; Floyd County, 8.5%; Perry County, 8.3%; Knott County, 8%; and Johnson County, 7.9%.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 5.2% for September 2020, and 7.7% for the nation.

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 data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.