Jobless rate down in August

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 Unemployment rates fell in 98 Kentucky counties between August 2011 and August 2012, while 20 county rates increased and two stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

LaRue County’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in August compared to 8.2 percent in July. It was 7.9 percent a year ago.

Of a 6,843 civilian workforce, 6,346 people were employed.

Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.5 percent.

Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.7 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.