Wayne County's un-employment rate increased slightly from February 
to March, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky 
Education and Workforce Develop-ment Cabinet.
    The local jobless rate was 6.7 percent in March, up from 6.4 percent 
in February. The unemployment rate in Wayne County in March 2018 was 
8.3 percent.
    In the Lake Cumberland area, the jobless rate in March was 5.5 
percent, up from 5.1 percent in February. In March 2018, the 
unemployment rate in the 10-county area was 5.8 percent.
    The highest rate in this area was 6.9 percent, which was recorded in 
McCreary County. The lowest rate was 4.3 percent, which was recorded 
in Clinton and Taylor counties.
    Other area rates were: Adair County, 5.7 percent; Clinton County, 
6.5 percent; Cumberland County, 5 percent; Green County, 4.4 percent; 
Pulaski County, 5.4 percent; and Taylor County, 6.5 percent.
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth 
at 3.3 percent. It was followed by: Boone, Fayette, Oldham and Scott 
counties, 3.5 percent each; Campbell, Kenton and Shelby counties, 3.6 
percent each; Spencer County, 3.7 percent; and Anderson and Jessamine 
counties, 3.8 percent each.
    Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 
12.3 percent. It was followed by: Lewis County, 9.1 percent; Carter 
County, 8.3 percent; Menifee County, 8 percent; Elliott and Wolfe 
counties, 7.6 percent each; Breathitt and Harlan counties, 7.4 
percent each; Martin County, 7.3 percent; and Lawrence and Owsley 
counties, 7.2 percent each.
    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.

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