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Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between July 2008 and July 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
LaRue County’s rate rose from 12 percent to 14.3 percent in that timeframe. In July 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.
Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 8.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 8.6 percent; and Boyd and Calloway counties, 8.8 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 19.6 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.4 percent; Powell County, 16.3 percent; Bath, Trigg and Metcalfe counties, 16 percent each; and Grayson, Lewis and Menifee counties, 15.6 percent each.
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.