Unemployment remained low in Logan County according to the most recent numbers from the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In May, the jobless rate in Logan County was just 3.7 percent - which was below the statewide average of 4.0 percent and third lowest in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) behind Warren and Monroe counties, which were both at 3.5 percent.

Other neighboring Kentucky counties included Todd County (3.5 percent), Muhlenberg County (5.9 percent), Simpson County (3.9 percent) and Butler County (4.3 percent).

Over the past year, unemployment is down in Logan County slightly, as the rate in May of 2018 was 3.8 percent.

That was the trend over most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 91 Kentucky counties between May 2018 and May 2019, rose in 22 and stayed the same in seven counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent. It was followed by Boone, Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.1 percent each; Scott, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.2 percent each; and Bourbon, Campbell, Henry, Jessamine and Kenton counties, 3.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 9.9 percent. It was followed by Lewis County, 7.8 percent; Carter County, 7.3 percent; Harlan County, 7 percent; Lawrence County, 6.9 percent; Elliott County, 6.6 percent; Leslie and Martin counties, 6.5 percent; and Breathitt, Clay and Knott counties, 6.4 percent each.

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 4 percent for May 2019, and 3.4 percent for the nation.

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was released last week and can be viewed at https://bit.ly/31T0E7I. In that release, Kentucky's statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. For more information regarding seasonal fluctuations, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov/cps/cps_htgm.htm#why.

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.