Trigg County’s unemployment rate was 16.5 percent as of December, and increase from November, when it was 15.9 percent. The county was listed as having a workforce of 6,648, and of those 5,550 were listed as employed and 1,098 were listed as unemployed.
Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.3 percent. It was followed by Woodford County, 7.7 percent; Boyd County, 8 percent; Calloway and Madison counties, 8.2 percent each; Jessamine County, 8.3 percent; Oldham County, 8.4 percent; Scott County, 8.5 percent; and Franklin and Rowan counties, 8.6 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 21.4 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 17.8 percent; Menifee County, 17.5 percent; Powell County, 16.9 percent; Trigg County, 16.5 percent; Grayson County, 16 percent; Bath County, 15.7 percent; Wolfe County, 15.6 percent; Morgan County, 15.1 percent; and Lewis County, 15 percent.
Neighboring Christian County had an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent, while Caldwell County’s rate was 10 percent, Livingston County’s was 10.5 percent, Lyon County’s was 12.8 percent, and Marshall County’s was 11.9 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, and the statistics 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.)