Trigg’s jobless rate still highest in western Kentucky
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As of November, Trigg County had the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state and the highest in western Kentucky, but it rose more than half, according to statistics released last week by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

That was an increase from October, when the county had the sixth highest unemployment rate in the state, at 15.3 percent.

The county, as of November, was listed as having a workforce of 6,648, and of those 5,590 are listed as employed and 1,058 are listed as unemployed.

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.1 percent. It was followed by Calloway County, 7.5 percent; Woodford County, 7.6 percent; Scott County, 8 percent; Boyd, Jessamine and Madison counties, 8.1 percent each; Rowan County, 8.2 percent; Oldham County, 8.3 percent; and Franklin and Ohio counties, 8.5 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 21.1 percent. It was followed by Metcalfe County, 18 percent; Jackson County, 16.9 percent; Powell County, 16.6 percent; Trigg County, 15.9 percent; Grayson County, 15.8 percent; Menifee County, 14.4 percent; Wolfe County, 14.2 percent; Lewis County, 13.8 percent; and Edmonson County, 13.7 percent.

Christian County had an unemployment rate of 12.2 percent, while Caldwell County’s was 9.6 percent, Livingston County’s was 9.1 percent, Lyon County’s was 11.6 percent and Marshall County’s was 11.1 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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