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

According to the numbers, the jobless rate in Logan County in November was 3.8% -- which was equal to the state average.

In the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD), however, only Monroe County (3.2%), Warren County (3.4%) and Allen County (3.6%) had a lower unemployment rate than Logan County.

Neighboring Todd County had the same rate at 3.8%, while all other neighboring Kentucky counties were higher, including Muhlenberg County (6.0%), Butler County (4.3%) and Simpson County (4.2%.)

Over the past year, the rate has risen in Logan County. It went up from 3.0% in November of 2018. But that was the trend over most of the state as unemployment rates rose in 95 Kentucky counties between November 2018 and November 2019, fell in 18 and stayed the same in 7 counties.

Fayette and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 2.9% each. It was followed by Shelby County at 3%; Boone, Campbell, Henry and Woodford counties, 3.1% each; and Carroll, Jessamine, Monroe, Pendleton, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.2% each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 12.7%. It was followed by Harlan County, 11%; Leslie County, 9.7%; Letcher County, 8.4%; Lewis County, 8.3%; Breathitt and Martin counties, 7.2%; Elliott County, 7.0% each; Knott County, 6.9%; and Wolfe County, 6.8%.

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% for November 2019, and 3.3% for the nation.