Wayne County's unemployment rate dropped more than one percent from March to April, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The local jobless rate was 5.5 percent in April, down from 6.7 
percent in March. In April 2018, Wayne County's jobless rate was 7.3 
percent.
    In the Lake Cumberland area, the unemployment rate in April was 4.5 
percent, down from 5.5 percent in March. In April 2018, the 
unemployment rate for the 10 county area was 5 percent.
    The lowest rate in the area in April was 3.7 percent, which was 
recorded in Casey County. The highest rate was 5.5 percent, which was 
recorded in Clinton and Wayne counties.
    Other area rates included: Casey County, 4.8 percent; Cumberland 
County, 4.3 percent; Green County, 3.8 percent; McCreary County, 5.3 
percent; Pulaski County, 4.3 percent; Russell County, 5.3 percent; 
and Taylor County, 3.9 percent.
    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 2.7 
percent. It was followed by: Fayette County, 2.9 percent; Boone, 
Campbell and Oldham counties, 3 percent each; Kenton Scott and Shelby 
counties, 3.1 percent; and Anderson County, 3.2 percent.
    Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 
10.5 percent. It was followed by Lewis County, 8.6 percent; Carter 
County, 7 percent; Menifee County, 6.7 percent; Harlan County, 6.6 
percent; and Lawrence County, 6.5 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. They do not include 
unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the 
past four weeks.

   

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