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Unemployment rates fell in 114 Kentucky counties between January 2011 and January 2012, including LaRue County.
Five 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.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.9 percent. It was followed by Webster County, 7.2 percent; Fayette County, 7.3 percent; Oldham County, 7.5 percent; Boone County, 7.7 percent; Union County, 7.8 percent; Henderson County, 7.9 percent; Madison and Shelby counties, 8 percent each; and Hopkins County, 8.1 percent.
LaRue County’s rate was 8.8 percent, down from 10.4 percent in January 2011 but up from 7.5 percent in December 2011.
Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin and Menifee counties, 16.8 percent each.
Unemployment rate for the Elizabethtown Metro Statistical Area was 9.6 percent for January 2012, down from 9.8 percent in January 2011, and up from 8.7 percent in December 2011.
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.