In Perry County, the unemployment rate rose 1.2 percent from 10.9 in December 2010 to 12.1 in January 2011. Of the eight counties served by KRADD, Perry County’s most recent unemployment rate increase is the lowest, but only by one-tenth of a percent.
The county served by KRADD with the highest unemployment rate increase in January 2011 is Knott County, with an increase of 2.9 percent. In December 2010, the unemployment rate in the county was 11.3 percent, and in January it was 14.2 percent.
Owsley County reported the second highest unemployment rate increase out of KRADD counties from December 2010 to January 2011 at 2.3 percent. It rose from 11.2 in December 2010 to 13.5 in January 2011.
Following Owsley is Lee County with an increase in unemployment of 2.2 percent. In December 2010, Lee County’s unemployment rate was 12.1, and rose to 14.3 percent in January of this year.
Breathitt County saw an increase of 2 percent in its unemployment rate, up from 11.3 percent in December of 2010 to 13.3 in January 2011.
After Breathitt County comes a tie between Letcher and Wolfe Counties. Both counties incurred a 1.6 unemployment rate increase from December 2010 to January 2011, with very different overall percentages for the two months.
Letcher County’s unemployment rate went up from 10.8 percent in December to 12.4 percent in January, while Wolfe County’s unemployment rose from 14.8 percent in December to 16.4 percent in January.
Leslie County saw an increase in unemployment of 1.3 percent, closest to Perry County’s overall increase. In December, Leslie County’s rate was 13.1, but rose to 14.4 percent in January.