The Richmond Register

December 27, 2013

Local jobless rate down last month but still runs behind a year earlier


Register Staff Report

FRANKFORT — Madison County’s unemployment rate improved to 6.5 percent in November from 6.9 percent in October.

That was good enough to be one of the 15 best in Kentucky but still not as good as the 5.9 percent rate the county had a year earlier.

Madison was one of 96 counties where the jobless rate was worse than a year before, while 16 counties had better rates, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent.

Of the 45,150 in Madison County’s labor pool in November, 42,204 had jobs, leaving 2,946 unemployed.

Some 825 jobs were listed locally as unfilled last month, according to statistics on the cabinet’s website.

In October, 139 fewer people were in the labor pool than in November with 41,884 employed. The jobless then totaled 3,127.

In November 2012, there were 45,666 in the local labor pool, 516 more than a year later. Of those, 42,950 had jobs, 746 more than in November 2013. The number listed as unemployed a year ago was 2,716.

Woodford County recorded the state’s lowest jobless rate this November at 5.9 percent. It was followed by Daviess and Fayette counties, 6.1 percent each; Scott County, 6.2 percent; Boone County, 6.3 percent; Caldwell, Oldham and Warren counties, 6.4 percent each; and Jessamine, Madison, Ohio, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer and Union counties, 6.5 percent each.

Leslie County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate ― 16.4 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.8 percent; Harlan County, 15.6 percent; Letcher County, 15 percent; Knott County, 14 percent; Bell and McCreary counties, 13.6 percent each; Jackson and Perry counties, 12.8 percent each; and Clay County, 12.2 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 nonmilitary 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, according to a state news release.

For more details more about the Kentucky labor market, visit www.kylmi.ky.gov.