Register staff report
MADISON COUNTY —
Although 81 more people in Madison County had jobs in December than in November, the unemployment rate remained at 6.2 percent. That was because 104 people joined the workforce, increasing it to 44,374.
The number people listed as unemployed in December, 2,773, was 23 more than in November, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Local statistics were improved from a year earlier, when 3,036 people in a workforce of 43,704 were listed as jobless, for a rate of 6.9 percent.
Madison and Shelby counties both had jobless rates of 6.2 percent in December, the sixth best in the state.
Woodford County, at 5.4 percent, had the state’s lowest jobless rate. It was followed by Fayette and Union counties, 5.9 percent each; Franklin and Oldham counties, 6.1 percent each. Scott County, 6.3; Jessamine County, 6.4 percent; and Daviess and Warren counties, 6.5 percent; followed Madison and Shelby.
Statewide, jobless rates were down in 97 counties in December compared to a year earlier, while rates were up in 21 counties. Two remained unchanged.
Magoffin County in December had the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.9 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 15. 8 percent; Leslie County, 14.6 percent; Letcher County, 14 percent; Knott County, 13.8 percent; Bell, Harlan and Wolfe counties 13.5 percent; Jackson County, 12.9 percent; and McCreary and Perry counties, 12.7 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually count people working, according to the cabinet’s news release.
Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed those who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics released Thursday are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between national, state and county figures, the release stated.
More Kentucky labor market information is available at www.kylmi.ky.gov.