Wayne County's jobless rate dropped by more than half a percent from 
August to September, according to the latest figures released by the 
Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    The local unemployment rate was 5 percent in September, down from 
5.6 percent in August. In September 2018, the unemployment rate in 
Wayne County was 6.3 percent.
    The rate for the Lake Cumberland area saw a comparable decrease in 
September. The overall unemployment rate in the 10 county area was 
4.3 percent in September, down from 4.9 percent n August. In 
September 2018, the unemployment rate for this area was 4.6 percent.
    The highest rate in this area in September was 5.3 percent, which 
was recorded in McCreary County. The lowest rate was 3.1 percent, 
which was recorded in Cumberland County.
    Other area rates included: Adair County, 4.3 percent; Casey County, 
3.8 percent; Clinton County, 4.4 percent; Green County, 3.8 percent; 
Pulaski County, 4.3 percent; Russell County, 4.8 percent; and Taylor 
County, 3.9 percent.
    Fayette, Oldham and Woodford counties recorded the lowest 
unemployment rates in the state for September at 2.8 percent each. 
They were followed by: Boone County, 2.9 percent; Campbell and 
Pendleton counties, 3 percent each; Cumberland, Henry, Kenton, Scott 
and Shelby counties, 3.1 percent each.
    Harlan County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 11.9 
percent. It was followed by: Magoffin County, 11.3 percent; Leslie 
County, 9.4 percent; Letcher County, 7.7 percent; Lewis County, 7.4 
percent; and Elliott County, 7.3 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.

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