Logan County continues to have a low unemployment rate according to the most recent statistics released by the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

According to the most recent numbers, the jobless rate in Logan County in December of 2018 was 3.2 percent -- which was tied with Warren County for the lowest among the 10 counties in the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).

Other neighboring counties included Simpson County (3.5 percent), Butler County (3.9 percent), Todd County (3.1 percent) and Muhlenberg County (5.3 percent.)

Over the past year, the jobless rate declined in Logan County. In December of 2017, unemployment was at 3.6 percent.

That was the trend over much of the state as unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between December 2017 and December 2018, rose in 38, and stayed the same in 13 counties.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.6 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 2.8 percent each; Shelby and Spencer counties, 2.9 percent each; and Anderson, Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Scott counties, 3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. It was followed by Carter County, 7.8 percent; Elliott County, 7.4 percent; Lewis County, 7.3 percent; Menifee and Wolfe counties, 6.9 percent each; Owsley County, 6.6 percent; Jackson and Lawrence counties, 6.4 percent; and Breathitt and Harlan counties, 6.1 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 3.8 percent for December 2018, and 3.7 percent for the nation.

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Kentucky's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was released last week and can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2ssweJ0. 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.

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.