FRANKFORT – Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between September 2015 and September 2016, rose in 41 and stayed the same in five counties (Grayson, Henderson, Livingston, Logan and Simpson), according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Oldham and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent each. They were followed by Shelby County, 3.3 percent; Fayette County, 3.4 percent; Boone, Spencer and Warren counties, 3.5 percent each; Campbell and Scott counties, 3.6 percent each; and Anderson, Franklin, Jessamine and Madison counties, 3.7 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.5 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 12.5 percent; Letcher County, 11.3 percent; Harlan County, 11.2 percent; Elliott County, 11.1 percent; Floyd County, 10.5 percent; Knott County, 10.2 percent; Lawrence and Pike counties, 10.1 percent each; and Carter and Perry counties, 10 percent each.
In contrast to the monthly national and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 4.8 percent for September 2016, and 4.8 percent for the nation.
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.