|Unemployment rates fell in 102 Kentucky
counties between July 2003 and July 2004, rose in 16 and remained the same in Jessamine
and Magoffin counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the
In July 2004, five counties had jobless rates at or above 10
percent, and 24 counties recorded double-digit rates in July 2003.
Elliott County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate - 15.3 percent. It was
followed by Carter County, 14.5 percent; Magoffin County, 14 percent; Lewis County, 11.8
percent; Morgan County, 10.8 percent; Wolfe County, 9.9 percent; Montgomery County, 9.6
percent; Fulton and Hardin counties, 9.4 percent each; and Powell County, 9.3 percent.
Lewis County's 11.8 percent was up from the 11.0 percent recorded in June, and also up
from the 10.2 percent rate in July of 2003.
Woodford County's 2.4 percent jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth. Other
low rates were recorded in Oldham County, 2.8 percent; Fayette County, 3 percent; Anderson
and Franklin counties, 3.1 percent; Caldwell County, 3.5 percent; Henry County, 3.6
percent; and Jessamine, Mercer and Pulaski counties, 3.7 percent each.
|Unemployment rates for July in neighboring
counties are as follows:
Fleming County posted 7.9 percent, up from 5.7 percent in June
and 5.7 percent a year ago; Mason County was 5.9 percent, up from 5.2 percent in June and
5.7 percent in July of 2003; Rowan County was 5.9 percent in July, up from 4.9 percent in
June, but down from 6.7 percent a year ago.
Carter County was 14.5 percent, down from 15.0 percent in June and 14.9 percent a year
ago; Greenup County was 5.9 percent, down from 7.7 percent in June and 7.9 percent last
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 to allow for
comparisons between United States, state and counties figures.