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Unemployment Drops in Kenton County

Kenton County was among 108 counties across Kentucky to see its unemployment rate drop in September, according to preliminary numbers released by the Commonwealth's Education & Workforce Development Cabinet. Kenton's rate dropped to 7.2% from 7.3% in August and is down from 8.4% in September 2011. Boone County's rate is down to 6.6% while Campbell County's is now at the same rate of Kenton's, 7.2%. The eight-county Northern Kentucky area has an unemployment rate of 7.1%, down from 7.3% in August and down from 8.5% in September of last year.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.3 percent. It was followed by Union County, 5.9 percent; Fayette County, 6 percent; Oldham and Scott counties, 6.1 percent; Franklin and Madison counties, 6.2 percent each; Shelby County, 6.3 percent; and Calloway, Jessamine and Warren counties, 6.4 percent each.

Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.8 percent; Leslie County, 13.7 percent; Knott County, 13.6 percent; Harlan and Letcher counties, 13.5 percent; Bell County, 13.1 percent; Jackson County, 12.9 percent; Perry County, 12.7 percent; and Wolfe County, 12.3 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. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and county figures.

To see the full data released on unemployment in Kentucky counties, click here (PDF).

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