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Annual unemployment rates were higher in 110 Kentucky counties in 2008 than in 2007, while 10 counties were lower, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
In 2008, five Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to three counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2007.
Woodford and Fayette counties’ 4.8 percent annual jobless rates were the lowest in the commonwealth in 2008. They were followed by Warren County, 5.4 percent; Boone, Madison, Jessamine and Scott counties, 5.5 percent each; Oldham County, 5.6 percent; Daviess County, 5.7 percent; and Bourbon, Franklin, McCracken and Shelby counties, 5.8 percent each.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2008 — 11.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 11 percent; Clay County, 10.3 percent; Grayson County, 10.1 percent; Wolfe County, 10 percent; Morgan and Menifee counties, 9.8 percent each; McCreary County, 9.6 percent; Lewis County, 9.4 percent; and Bell County, 9.1 percent.
Locally, Washington County reported 5.7 percent for 2007, while seeing that rise to 7.3 percent in 2008. That number is greater than the average in the Lincoln Trail District, where the rate is 7.1 percent among the eight counties making up the district, including Marion and Nelson counties.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working.