Unemployment decreased slightly in Logan County according to the latest 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 November was 6.6 percent - down from 6.9 percent in October.
That continued to place Logan County among the best int he 10-county Barren River Development District (BRADD). The 6.6 percentage ranked Logan third in the BRADD behind just Warren County (6.4 percent) and Simpson County (6.5 percent.)
Simpson County slipped ahead of Logan County after seeing a sharp decrease from 7.1 percent in October.
Logan County also had a lower jobless rate than all other neighboring Kentucky counties. Todd County came in at 7.1 percent, Butler County was 7.3 percent and Muhlenberg County was 8.7 percent.
Over the past year, the rate has stayed more or less the same. It rose from 6.5 percent in 2012 to 6.6 percent in 2013.
That was the trend over most of the state, though, as unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between November 2012 and November 2013.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.9 percent. It was followed by Daviess and Fayette counties, 6.1 percent each; Scott County, 6.2 percent; Boone County, 6.3 percent; Caldwell, Oldham and Warren counties, 6.4 percent each; and Jessamine, Madison, Ohio, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer and Union counties, 6.5 percent each.
Leslie County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.8 percent; Harlan County, 15.6 percent; Letcher County, 15 percent; Knott County, 14 percent; Bell and McCreary counties, 13.6 percent each; Jackson and Perry counties, 12.8 percent each; and Clay County, 12.2 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.