Trigg unemployment down, but still state’s sixth highest
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The unemployment rate for Trigg County dropped almost an entire percentage point from September to October, falling from 16.2 percent to 15.3 percent, according to statistics released last week by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

However, at that point Trigg County still had the highest unemployment rate in western Kentucky and the sixth highest rate in the state.

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 7.8 percent. It was followed by Calloway County, 8 percent; Boyd County, 8.4 percent; Jessamine, Madison, Oldham, Rowan and Scott counties, 8.8 percent each; and Daviess and Woodford counties, 8.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 21.7 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.5 percent; Powell County, 17.1 percent; Grayson County, 16.5 percent; Metcalfe County, 15.8 percent; Trigg County, 15.3 percent; Cumberland County, 15.1 percent; Allen and Wolfe counties, 14.6 percent; and Lewis County, 14.5 percent.

Of the 6,537-person civilian labor force in Trigg County, 5,539 were listed as employed and 998 were listed as unemployed. In September, the number of unemployed in Trigg County was well over 1,000.

Christian County had a rate of 10.4 percent, Lyon County had a rate of 12 percent, Marshall County had a rate of 11 percent and Calloway County had a rate of 8 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.

The statistics 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.

(Information for this staff report was contributed by Kim Saylor Brannock of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.)
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