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Unemployment rates decreased in 97 Kentucky counties between August 2012 and August 2013, while 19 county rates rose and four 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 rate was 6.5 percent, down from 7 percent a year ago. Of a 6,821 workforce, 441 were unemployed.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Scott County, 5.9 percent; Fayette, Oldham and Shelby counties, 6.1 percent each; Carlisle County, 6.2 percent; and Daviess, Franklin, Jessamine and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.
Harlan County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.3 percent. It was followed by Leslie and Magoffin counties, 15.7 percent each; Letcher County, 14.9 percent; Fulton County, 14.5 percent; Bell County, 14.1 percent; Knott County, 13.4 percent; Jackson County, 12.9 percent; and McCreary and Wolfe counties, 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.