GLASGOW — Unemployment rates fell in 104 Kentucky counties between March 2011 and March 2012, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
In addition, 15 counties had a higher unemployment in March 2012 than in March 2011 while the unemployment rate in Clay County remained the same in March for both years.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 6.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.7 percent; Fayette County, 6.8 percent; Shelby County, 6.9 percent; Union County, 7.1 percent; Hancock County, 7.3 percent, Daviess and Ohio counties, 7.4 percent each; and Caldwell, Franklin, Henderson and Madison counties, 7.6 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.5 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 17.1 percent; Jackson County, 16.0 percent, Menifee County, 15.5 percent; Bell, Morgan and Wolfe counties, 14.4 percent each; Clay County, 14.2 percent; and Leslie and McCreary counties, 14.1 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 nonmilitary 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 county figures.