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.

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