First Time All Kentucky Counties Below 10 Percent Unemployment Since October 2000

Unemployment rates fell in 107 Kentucky counties between November 2017 and November 2018, while rising in nine, and staying the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics. For the first time since October 2000, Kentucky did not have any counties with an unemployment rate of 10 percent or above. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.5 percent. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 9.9 percent, followed by Carter County at 6.7 percent. Unemployment rates in other counties in our listening area are Elliot County with 6.1 percent, Wolfe County with 6 percent, Harlan County at 5.9 percent, and Lawrence and Leslie Counties with 5.6 percent.

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