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Unemployment Went Up in NKY in August, According to State Data

The unemployment rate increased in all eight counties that make up the Northern Kentucky Area Development District: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton.

The actions taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted various sectors of the economy, and while the unemployment rate dropped back down to between 4 and 5 percent in most of these counties in July, by August, the average here was 6.6 percent unemployment compared to 4.4 percent the previous month.

Year over year, the unemployment rate is up in all 120 Kentucky counties. In the latest report released by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Oldham County recorded the lowest rate at 5 percent. Magoffin County recorded the highest rate of unemployment at 18.1 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate in August was 8.5 percent.

Here is the data for the local counties, presented as unemployment rate in August of 2020, unemployment rate in July 2020, and unemployment rate in August 2019.

BOONE 6.3% (Aug 20), 4.2% (Jul 20), 3.3% (Aug 19) 

CAMPBELL 6.6% (Aug 20), 4.4% (Jul 20), 3.4% (Aug 19)

CARROLL 7.4% (Aug 20), 4.5% (Jul 20), 4.0% (Aug 19) 

GALLATIN 6.7% (Aug 20), 4.3% (Jul 20), 3.9% (Aug 19)

GRANT 7.7% (Aug 20), 4.9% (Jul 20), 3.8% (Aug 19)

KENTON 6.8% (Aug 20), 4.5% (Jul 20), 3.4% (Aug 19) 

OWEN 7.2% (Aug 20), 4.7% (Jul 20), 4.3% (Aug 19) 

PENDLETON 5.6% 3.6% 3.4%

-Staff report

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