By For The Cadiz RecordUnemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties between February
2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two
counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.5
percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.8 percent
each; Scott and Shelby counties, 4 percent each; Jessamine County, 4.2
percent; Boone and Warren counties, 4.3 percent each; and Allen,
Campbell and Spencer counties, 4.4 percent each, according to a state
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.8
percent. It was followed by Elliott County, 12.5 percent; Leslie County,
11.8 percent; Carter County, 11.7 percent; Menifee County, 11.4
percent; Harlan County, 11.3 percent; Lewis and Knott counties, 11.1
percent; and Wolfe and Letcher counties, 11 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 5.5 percent for February
2017, and 4.9 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.