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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
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.
There is more about the Office of Employment and Training at www.workforce.ky.gov.
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