The Wayne County Outlook

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January 29, 2013

Jobless rate increases

1-30-13 —     The local unemployment rate increased from November to December, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    The jobless rate in Wayne County increased from 11.1 percent in November to 11.7 percent in December. In December 2011, the local unemployment rate was 13 percent.

    In the 10-county Lake Cumberland area, the unemployment rate increased in December to 8.9 percent. The jobless rate was 8.6 percent in this area in November. In December 2011, it was 9.9 percent.

    The lowest rate recorded in this area in December was 7.2 percent in Taylor County. The highest rate was 12.7 percent, which was recorded in McCreary County.

    Other area rates included: Adair County, 7.7 percent; Casey County,

7.5 percent; Clinton County, 9.1 percent; Cumberland County, 10.4 percent; Green County, 7.6 percent; Pulaski County, 9 percent; and Russell County, 9 percent.

    Woodford County recorded the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.4 percent. It was followed by: Fayette and Union counties, 5.9 percent each; Franklin and Oldham counties, 6.1 percent each; Madison and Shelby counties, 6.2 percent each; Scott County, 6.3 percent; and Jessamine County, 6.4 percent.

    Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at

16.9 percent. It was followed by: Fulton County, 15.8 percent; Leslie County, 14.6 percent; Letcher County, 14 percent and Knott County,

13.8 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 unemployment Kentuckians who are actively seeking work.

    They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.


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