The unemployment rate in Logan County continued to be well below the state average and among the lowest in the region according to the most recent statistics from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The jobless rate in Logan County in June was 6.4 percent - a full point lower than the state average and the second lowest in the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).
Simpson County posted the lowest unemployment rate among BRADD counties at 6.2 percent. Warren County was third in the BRADD with a jobless rate of 6.5 percent.
The other neighboring Kentucky counties all had high unemployment than Logan County.
Todd County was 6.5 percent, Muhlenberg County was 8.8 percent and Butler County was 7.7 percent.
The jobless rate dropped sharply in Logan County over the past year. In 2013, the rate was at 7.6 percent.
That was the case throughout most of the state as unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between June 2013 and June 2014, while three county rates went up.
Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Kenton County, 5.8 percent; Campbell, Larue and Woodford counties, 6 percent each; Caldwell and Shelby counties, 6.1 percent each; Simpson County, 6.2 percent; and Daviess, Fayette, Oldham and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.5 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15 percent; Harlan County, 14.5 percent; Leslie County, 13.6 percent; Letcher County, 13.1 percent; Knott County, 12.4 percent; Bell County, 12.3 percent; Clay County, 12 percent; McCreary County, 11.9 percent; and Fulton County, 11.5 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