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Unemployment rate falls in county

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 Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between January 2014 and January 2015, while Russell County went up, and Boyd and Elliott counties’ rates 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 for January 2015 was 6.4 percent, down from 7.8 percent a year ago – but up from 4.3 percent in December 2014. Of a 5,639 workforce, 359 were unemployed. The number does not count those who are not seeking work.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.9 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 4.3 percent; Scott County, 4.4 percent; Oldham and Shelby counties, 4.5 percent each; and Jessamine County, 4.7 percent.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 15 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 13.1 percent; Elliott and Leslie counties, 12.1 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.8 percent; Carter County, 11.7 percent; Harlan County, 11.5 percent; Breathitt and Letcher counties, 11.1 percent each; and Menifee County, 11 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.