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Unemployment rates fell in 114 Kentucky counties between December 2010 and December 2011, while six county rates increased, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
LaRue County’s rate was 7.2 percent in December down from 7.4 percent in November and down from 8.4 percent a year ago.
In the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area, the rate was 8.6 percent in December, down from 8.7 percent in November and down from 8.9 percent a year ago.
Out of a workforce of 6,958 LaRue residents, 6,455 are employed.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 6.5 percent; Boone County, 6.9 percent; Ohio and Warren counties, 7 percent each; Madison and Shelby counties, 7.1 percent each; Caldwell, Franklin, LaRue and Oldham counties, 7.2 percent each.
Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 15.2 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 14.9 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.