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Unemployment rates drop in 88 Kentucky counties in past year; Woodford County best at 2.9 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in 10 and rose in 22 counties between Oct. 2016 and Oct. 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.1 percent;...

Unemployment rates dropped in 32 counties last year; Woodford, Shelby are lowest in state

Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 85 counties between August 2016 and August 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Shelby...

Unemployment rates up in 96 Kentucky counties, fall in 20, according to June 2017 figures

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.8 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Oldham...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in May 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017. The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April sees slight increase

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in March 2017. The preliminary April 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than...

Annual unemployment rates fell in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016; Woodford leads at 3.2 percent

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2016 at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.4...

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate at 5 percent in 2016, dips to lowest mark in 17 years

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in 2016 from 5.3 percent in 2015, while nonfarm employment gained 28,100 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent. “At 5 percent, Kentucky’s unemployment...

State unemployment rate in January ticks up slightly to 5 percent, .2 above December’s figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in January 2017 from a revised 4.8 percent in December 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary January 2017 jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in January...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate steady at 4.8 percent in December, nearly a point below last year’s mark

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was unchanged from November 2016 to December 2016 at 4.8 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary December 2016 jobless rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the 5.7 percent rate recorded for the state in December 2015. The...

Unemployment rates down in 119 Kentucky counties in November 2016; only one county about 10 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between November 2015 and November 2016, and stayed the same in Carlisle County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. In addition, for the first time since December 2007, only one county, Magoffin (12.2 percent), had a double-digit unemployment rate in November...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 4.9 percent in August, down slightly from July numbers

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2016 was 4.9 percent from a revised 5 percent in July 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary August 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2015. The...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate drops to 5.3 percent in April, matching last year’s mark

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April 2016 dropped to 5.3 percent from a revised 5.6 percent in March 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary April 2016 jobless rate was identical to the rate recorded for the state in April 2015. The U.S. seasonally adjusted...

State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down slightly in March, still above national rate

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for March 2016 fell to 5.6 percent from a revised 5.8 percent in February 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary March 2016 jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points above the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2015. The...

December unemployment rates rose in 109 counties compared to a year ago, fell in six others

Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between December 2014 and December 2015, fell in six counties and remained the same in five, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.8 percent;...

Jobless rate rose slightly in December for Kentucky, unchanged nationally; non-farm jobs added

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for December 2015 rose to 5.3 percent from a revised 5 percent in November 2015, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary December 2015 jobless rate was 0.2 percentage points below the 5.5 percent rate recorded for the state in December...

Woodford County tops employment charts again at 3.2%; rate fall in 92 counties

Unemployment rates fell in 92 Kentucky counties between November 2014 and November 2015, rose in 23 counties and remained the same in five, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Oldham and Spencer...

State unemployment rate fell for 92 counties over past 12 months, increased in 23 others

Unemployment rates fell in 92 Kentucky counties between November 2014 and November 2015, rose in 23 counties and remained the same in five, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Oldham and Spencer...

Kentucky’s jobless rate dips to 4.9 percent in October, the lowest rate in more than 14 years

Kentucky’s preliminary October 2015 unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent from a seasonally adjusted 5 percent in September 2015 – the lowest it’s been since May 2001 – according to the Office of Employment and Training. The state rate in October 2015 was 0.7 percent below the 5.6 percent rate recorded in October 2014. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5 percent in...