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Mar 13, 2014 11:13 AM

Kentucky County Jobless Rates Released For 2013

Unemployment rates fell in 109 Kentucky counties and went up in 11 counties between January 2013 and January 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The Cabinet announced the yearly rates on Thursday.

According to the report, Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.3 percent.

Other counties recorded as follows:

Boone: 6.4 percent
Oldham: 6.4 percent
Woodford: 6.5 percent
Scott: 6.6 percent
Madison: 6.7 percent
Simpson: 6.7 percent
Shelby: 6.8 percent
Daviess: 6.9 percent
Franklin: 7.0 percent
Union 7.0 percent
Warren: 7.0 percent

Jackson County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.5 percent, followed by:

Magoffin: 18.3 percent

Leslie: 17.7 percent
Harlan: 17.0 percent
Letcher: 16.0 percent
Knott: 15.3 percent
Menifee: 15.2 percent
Bell: 14.8 percent
Lewis: 14.5 percent
McCreary: 14.5 percent

The cabinet says 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, the Cabinet says. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

The statistics for the report are not seasonally adjusted, the Cabinet says, due to the small sample size for each county.

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