County jobless rates unchanged

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Unemployment for October 2013 holds firm with October 2012 statistics

By Brandon Mattingly

Ninety-six Kentucky counties saw unemployment rates rise over the course of the last year, but Washington County was among the 24 to see a decrease or stay the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

From October 2012 to October 2013, Washington County maintained a 7.9 percent jobless rate. Unemployment was at 7.2 percent in the county in August of this year, before climbing back to 7.6 percent in September and finishing October at the same 7.9 percent rate as last year.

Washington County was one of 10 counties to have the same rate as last year, while only 14 Kentucky counties saw a decline in the number of individuals in the labor force without a job.

Of the 5,527 people listed under Washington County’s labor force, 435 were without jobs. That number was 423 in September.

Washington County’s numbers are similar to others in the Lincoln Trail region, with Marion, Nelson, LaRue, Hardin, Meade and Breckinridge counties ranging from 7.1 percent to 8.5 percent. Grayson County was the outlier of the group, posting an 11 percent jobless rate in October, up from an already high 9.4 percent a year ago.

Lowest unemployment rates in Kentucky

(through October 2013)

Woodford County - 6.1 percent
Grant County - 6.2 percent
Fayette County - 6.4 percent
Scott County - 6.4 percent
Boone County - 6.5 percent
Daviess County - 6.5 percent
Oldham County - 6.5 percent
Carlisle County - 6.6 percent
Shelby County - 6.7 percent
Spencer County - 6.7 percent
Webster County - 6.7 percent

Highest unemployment rates in Kentucky
(through October 2013)

Leslie County - 18 percent
Harlan County - 16.4 percent
Magoffin County - 16.1 percent
Letcher County - 14.7 percent
Bell County - 14.4 percent
Knott County - 13.6 percent
Jackson County - 13.3 percent
Clay County - 13.1 percent
Fulton County - 13.1 percent
McCreary County - 13 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. 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.)