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Jobless rate down in April

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 Unemployment rates fell in 110 Kentucky counties, including LaRue County, between April 2011 and April 2012, while nine county rates increased and one stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

LaRue’s rate was 7.6 percent in April, down from 8.3 percent in March 2012 and in April 2011. Of a 6,876 workforce, 6,351 were employed.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.1 percent.

Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 20.5 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.7 percent and Jackson County, 13.7 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 to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.

Learn more about the Office of Employment and Training at www.workforce.ky.gov.