Unemployment rates rose in 60 Kentucky counties between March 2012 and March 2013, while 54 county rates decreased and six 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 jobless rate rose just slightly from the comparison of last year’s rate of 8.0 percent to 8.2 percent. This number is still below the statewide average of 8.6 percent.
Of a workforce of 6,937 people, 571 were seeking employment.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.1 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 18.3 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.