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Kentucky unemployment rate at 11 percent in May; jobless rate drops 5.6 percent from April numbers

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2020 unemployment rate was 11 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary May 2020 jobless rate was down 5.6 percentage points from April 2020 and up 6.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in May 2019. The U.S. seasonally...

State unemployment rates soar in all 120 Kentucky counties due to COVID-19 pandemic

Unemployment rates soared in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2019 and April 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Clinton County recorded the lowest jobless rate in Kentucky at 8.4 percent, up from 6.4 percent in March. It was followed by Carlisle County, 8.7 percent; Cumberland County, 10.1 percent;...

April unemployment rate in Kentucky balloons to 15.4 percent — a 10.2 percent increase from March

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2020 unemployment rate was 15.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The preliminary April 2020 jobless rate was up 10.2 percentage points from March 2020 and up 11.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in April 2019. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2020 was 14.7 percent,...

Unemployment rates rise in 117 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 117 Kentucky counties between March 2019 and March 2020, fell in one (Crittenden County) and stayed the same in two (Owen and Robertson counties), according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.1 percent. It was followed...

Annual unemployment rates fall in 62 Kentucky counties during 2019; Woodford lowest at 3.1 percent

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 62 Kentucky counties in 2019 compared to 2018, rose in 39 counties and stayed the same in 19 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2019 at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.6 percent in March; jobless rate 5.8 percent in wake of COVID-19

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2020 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary March 2020 jobless rate was up 1.6 percentage points from February 2020 and up 1.6 percentage points from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in March 2019. The...

Unemployment rates rise in 59 Kentucky counties during past year; Oldham has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 59 Kentucky counties between February 2019 and February 2020, fell in 48 and stayed the same in 13 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 3 percent; Fayette...

February unemployment rate at 4.2 percent in Kentucky, down 0.1 percent from January

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2020 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary February 2020 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from January 2020 and unchanged from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in February 2019. The U.S....

Kentucky’s preliminary January 2020 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2020 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary January 2020 jobless rate was unchanged from December 2019 and up 0.1 percentage point from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in January 2019. The U.S. seasonally...

Kentucky’s 2019 annual unemployment rate holds steady at 4.3 percent, according to KYSTATS report

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in 2019 unchanged from 4.3 percent in 2018, while nonfarm employment gained 8,600 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in 2019 from 3.9 percent in 2018. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 56 Kentucky counties in past year, drop in 46 others

Unemployment rates rose in 56 Kentucky counties between December 2018 and December 2019, fell in 46 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent each. It was followed by Fayette, Shelby, and Woodford...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 0.1 percent in December; jobless rate now at 4.3 percent in state

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in November 2019. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

Kentucky jobless rate increases slightly from a year ago; November unemployment rate at 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in November 2018. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

Unemployment rates drop in 85 Kentucky counties during past year; Fayette, Oldham top list

Unemployment rates fell in 85 Kentucky counties between October 2018 and October 2019, rose in 24 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fayette and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed by Boone and Woodford...

Kentucky unemployment rate at 4.3 percent in October, drops slightly from September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The unemployment rate for October 2019 was down from the 4.4 percent reported for September 2019. The preliminary October 2019 jobless rate was unchanged compared to the...

Unemployment rates drop in 91 Kentucky counties during past year; Fayette, Oldham, Woodford top list

Unemployment rates rose in 18 Kentucky counties between September 2018 and September 2019, fell in 91 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fayette, Oldham, and Woodford counties all recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed...

Unemployment rates rise in 75 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 75 Kentucky counties between August 2018 and August 2019, fell in 36 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Boone and Oldham counties, 3.3 percent...

Unemployment rates rise in 99 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2018 and July 2019, fell in 15 and stayed the same in six counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Boone County, 3.8 percent; Fayette County,...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises to 4.3 percent in seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2019 data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2019 was up from the 4.1 percent reported for June 2019. The preliminary July 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent...

Unemployment rates drop in 55 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between June 2018 and June 2019, rose in 51 and stayed the same in 14 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4 percent. It was followed by Boone, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties,...