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Unemployment Ticks Up in NKY, but Region Still Has Lowest Rates in State

The unemployment rate rose in ninety-nine of Kentucky 120 counties between July 2018 and July 2019, information from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Over the same period, the unemployment rate fell in fifteen counties and stayed the same in six others.

While Woodford County has the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent, Boone County was second-lowest with a rate of 3.8 percent. Campbell and Kenton counties tied for fourth, behind Fayette at third, with a rate of 4.1 percent.

The current percentages also show a slight increase in unemployment in Northern Kentucky over the past twelve months.

Boone's unemployment rate when up 0.3 percentage points year over year, while Kenton saw its number rise a full half percentage point, and Campbell's rose by 0.6 percentage points.

Overall, the eight-county Northern Kentucky region defined by the state saw an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, up a tenth of a point from the previous month, and up 0.4 from a year ago.

Other NKY counties:

Carroll - 4.6 percent (up 0.1 from June, and up 0.4 from last year)

Gallatin - 4.4 percent (same as previous month and up 0.1 from last year)

Grant - 4.5 percent (same as previous month and up 0.2 from last year) 

Owen - 5.2 percent (up 0.1 from previous month, and down 0.2 from last year)

Pendleton - 4.3 percent (up 0.1 from previous month and up 0.2 from last year)

Harlan County, in eastern Kentucky, recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent. 

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes.

The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 5.1 percent for July 2019, and 4 percent for the nation.

-Staff report