FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 109 Kentucky counties between October 2014 and October 2015, rose in seven counties and remained the same in four, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.1 percent; Oldham, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.2 percent each; Owen and Shelby counties, 3.3 percent each; and Boone, Campbell and Madison counties, 3.4 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. It was followed by Owsley County, 9.2 percent; Letcher County, 9.1 percent; Harlan County, 9 percent; Wolfe County, 8.6 percent; Leslie County, 8.5 percent; Knott and Pike counties, 8.3 percent each; Clay County, 8.2 percent; and Lee County, 8.1 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 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 statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.