Unemployment down in Logan County

By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

Unemployment is down slightly in Logan County, 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 in October was 4.0 percent, down from 4.3 percent the month before.

That keeps Logan County well below the state average of 4.6 percent and among the lowest in the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).

Only Warren County at 3.4 percent and Monroe and Allen counties at 3.7 percent each had a lower unemployment rate than Logan County among the 10 BRADD counties.

In other neighboring Kentucky BRADD counties, Simpson County was at 4.1 percent and Butler County was at 4.8 percent. The two neighboring counties in the Pennyrille Area Development District are Muhlenberg County at 6.1 percent and Todd County at 3.8 percent.

The unemployment rate in Logan County is also down slightly from the same time a year ago.

In October of 2015, the number was at 5.1 percent.

That general downward trend was seen over much of the state as unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016, rose in 33 and stayed the same in five counties (Breckinridge, Knott, Laurel, McLean and Powell).

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Oldham and Shelby counties, 3.1 percent each; Fayette and Spencer counties, 3.3 percent each; Warren County, 3.4 percent; and Anderson, Boone, Campbell and Scott counties, 3.5 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 14.1 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 11.6 percent; Harlan County, 10.5 percent; Letcher County, 10.3 percent; Elliott County, 10.1 percent; Floyd County, 9.9 percent; Pike County, 9.6 percent; Knott County, 9.5 percent; and Clay and Perry counties, 9.3 percent each.

In contrast to the monthly national and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 4.6 percent for October 2016, and 4.7 percent for the nation.

By OJ Stapleton


To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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