Harlan County’s 16.3 percent unemployment rate once again was the highest of all Kentucky’s counties in August.
Bell County’s 14.1 percent jobless rate was sixth highest for the reporting period, according to figures released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (KEOT).
Harlan County was followed by Leslie and Magoffin counties with 15.7 percent each; Letcher County, 14.9 percent; Fulton County, 14.5 percent; then Bell at 14.1 percent; Knott County, 13.4 percent; Jackson County, 12.9 percent; and McCreary and Wolfe counties, 12.2 percent.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Scott County, 5.9 percent; Fayette, Oldham and Shelby counties, 6.1 percent each; Carlisle County, 6.2 percent; and Daviess, Franklin, Jessamine and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.
Unemployment rates decreased in 97 Kentucky counties between August 2012 and August 2013, while 19 county rates rose and four stayed the same, according to the KEOT, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
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.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.