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Jobless rates improve year over year in 6 of 7 local Counties

Only Cumberland County in the 7-county area, has worse unemployment in 2012 than in 2011 for March. Taylor County's rate is down to 8.6%; Adair County at 9.0%

Jobless Rates in the CM 7-County Area, March 2012
Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties
  • Taylor Co., down from 9.7% jobless 2011 to 8.6% in 2012
  • Casey Co., down from 10.4% jobless 20-11 to 8.8% in 2012)
  • Metcalfe Co., down from 11.8% jobless 2011 to 8.8% in 2012
  • Adair Co., down from 10.8% jobless 2011 to 9.0% in 2012
  • Green Co., down from 9.9% jobless 2011 to 9.1% in 2012
  • Russell Co., down from 11.6% jobless 2011 to 10.10% in 2012
  • Cumberland Co., up from 12.4% jobless 2011 to 13.2% in 2012
Rates for the Lake Cumberland Area Development improved from 11.4% jobless rate in 2011 to 9.9 in 2012. The Statewide Kentucky rate improved from 10.0% to 9.0%. Nationally, the rate was 8.4% for March, 2012.

Jobless rates down in 104 counties from March 2011 to March 2012

By Kim Saylor Brannock

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2012) -- Unemployment rates fell in 104 Kentucky counties between March 2011 and March 2012, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In addition, 15 counties had a higher unemployment in March 2012 than in March 2011 while the unemployment rate in Clay County remained the same in March for both years.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.7 percent; Fayette County, 6.8 percent; Shelby County, 6.9 percent; Union County, 7.1 percent; Hancock County, 7.3 percent, Daviess and Ohio counties, 7.4 percent each; and Caldwell, Franklin, Henderson and Madison counties, 7.6 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate -- 17.5 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 17.1 percent; Jackson County, 16.0 percent, Menifee County, 15.5 percent; Bell, Morgan and Wolfe counties, 14.4 percent each; Clay County, 14.2 percent; and Leslie and McCreary counties, 14.1 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary 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.

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This story was posted on 2012-04-26 14:22:49
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