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
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.