FRANKFORT - Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between July 2013 and July of this year, while 10 county rates increased and two remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 5.8 percent. It was followed by Caldwell County, 6 percent; Shelby and Woodford counties, 6.1 percent each; Daviess, Kenton, Oldham and Owen counties, 6.2 percent each; and Campbell and Simpson counties, 6.3 percent, according to a state news release.
Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate â “ 15.4 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 14.6 percent; Harlan County, 14.4 percent; Leslie County, 13.3 percent; Letcher County, 13.2 percent; Knott County, 12.9 percent; Fulton County, 12.7 percent; Bell County, 12.3 percent; Clay County, 12 percent; and Wolfe County, 11.8 percent.
In the Purchase area, Fulton County faced the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent. It was followed by Graves County, 10.3 percent; Hickman County, 8.9 percent; Ballard County, 8.7 percent; McCracken County, 8.5 percent; Calloway County, 8.4 percent; Marshall County, 8.2 percent; and Carlisle County, 7.2 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.