Wayne County's unemployment rate remained constant from April to
May, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The local jobless rate was 5.6 percent in May, the same as it was
the previous month. In May 2018, the unemployment rate in Wayne
County was 7.3 percent.
In the Lake Cumberland area, the unemployment rate in May was 4.6
percent, up from 4.5 percent in April. In May 2018, the rate for the
10 county area was 5 percent.
Wayne County and McCreary County had the highest unemployment rate in the area in May at 5.6 percent. The lowest rate for the month was
3.7 percent, which was recorded in Casey County.
Other area rates were: Adair County, 4.8 percent; Clinton County,
5.1 percent; Cumberland County, 3.9 percent; Green County, 4.1
percent; Pulaski County, 4.5 percent; Russell County, 5.2 percent;
and Taylor County, 4.1 percent.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent. It was followed by: Boone, Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.1 percent each; Scott, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.2 percent each; and Bourbon, Campbell, Henry, Jessamine and Kenton
counties, 3.3 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at
9.9 percent. It was followed by: Lewis County, 7.8 percent; Carter
County, 7.3 percent; Harlan County, 7 percent; Lawrence County, 6.9
percent; Elliott County, 6.6 percent; Leslie and Martin counties, 6.5
percent; and Breathitt, Clay and Knott counties, 6.4 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.