Jobless rate drops in April
June 6, 2012 Share

Jobless rate drops in April

The local unemployment rate dipped significantly from March to April, but Wayne County’s rate is still among the highest in Kentucky, according to the latest figures released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Wayne County’s unemployment rate—the ninth highest in the state—was 11.9 percent in April, down from 13.8 percent in March. In April 2011, the local jobless rate was 13.3 percent.

The overall unemployment rate in the Lake Cumberland area also dropped from March to April. The rate for April was 9 percent, down from 10.4 percent in March. In April 2011, the unemployment rate in this area was 10.6 percent.

The highest rate in the 10-county area was 12 percent, which was recorded in McCreary County. The lowest rate was 7.5  percent, which was recorded in Taylor County.

Other area rates included: Adair County, 8 percent; Casey County, 7.7 percent; Clinton County, 8.7 percent; Cumberland County, 10.9 percent; Pulaski County, 8.8 percent; Russell County, 9.1 percent; and Green County, 7.7 percent.

Woodford County recorded the state’s lowest jobless rate at 5.1 percent. It was followed by: Shelby County, 5.8 percent; Fayette and Oldham counties, 5.9 percent; Hancock County, 6 percent and Union County, 6.2 percent.

Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.5 percent. It was followed by: Magoffin County, 15.7 percent; Jackson County, 13.7 percent; Leslie County, 13.2 percent; Bell County, 12.7 percent; and Clay County, 12.4 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 unemployment Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.