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
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.