The Wayne County Outlook

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June 3, 2014

County's jobless rate drops in April

6-4-2014 —     Wayne County's unemployment rate decreased from March to April, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    The local jobless rate was 11.4 percent in April, compared to 12.1 percent in March. In April 2013, the unemployment rate was 10.9 percent.

    The overall jobless rate in the Lake Cumberland area dropped from 9.9 percent in March to 8.7 percent in April. In April 2013, the unemployment rate in the 10 county area was 9.2 percent.

    The lowest rate in this area was 7.4 percent, which was recorded in Taylor County. The highest rate was 12.2 percent, which was recorded in McCreary County.

    Other area rates included: Adair County, 7.5 percent; Casey County, 7.7 percent; Clinton County, 9.8 percent; Cumberland County, 9.2 percent; Green County, 7.5 percent; Pulaski County, 8.4 percent; and Russell County, 9.1 percent.

    Boone County recorded the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.1 percent. It was followed by Kenton and Shelby counties, 5.5 percent each; Campbell, Gallatin and Oldham counties, 5.6 percent each; Woodford County, 5.7 percent each; and Caldwell and Warren  counties, 5.9 percent each.

    Jackson County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 17.4 percent.

    It was followed by: Harlan and Magoffin counties, 14.9 percent; Leslie County, 14.7 percent; and Letcher County, 13.7 percent.

    Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than to actually 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.

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