Logan unemployment remains low

OJ Stapleton Editor

May 5, 2014

Logan County continued to be well below the state average in unemployment rates, according to the most recent statistics released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The jobless rate in Logan County for March was 7.5 percent. The state average was 8.4 percent.

That ranked Logan County as third in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) behind only Warren County and Simpson County, which each had a rate of 6.9 percent.

Logan County had a lower rate than all of its other neighboring Kentucky counties. Todd County was at 7.9 percent, Muhlenberg County was at 10.1 percent and Butler County was at 9.6 percent.

The unemployment rate dropped in Logan County over the past year, going down from 7.6 percent in March of 2013 to 7.5 this year.

That was the trend in the majority of counties as unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between March 2013 and March 2014, while 43 county rates went up and eight counties stayed the same.

Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.7 percent. It was followed by Campbell County, 6.3 percent; Kenton County, 6.4 percent; Gallatin County, 6.7 percent; Grant, Oldham and Shelby counties, 6.8 percent each; Simpson, Warren and Woodford counties, 6.9 percent each.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 19.3 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 17.1 percent; Leslie County, 17 percent; Harlan County, 16.8 percent; Letcher County, 15.8 percent; Bell County, 15.2 percent; Knott County, 15.1 percent; McCreary County, 14.7 percent; Menifee County, 14.3 percent and Clay County, 14.1 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. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.