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April 28, 2013

Employment up 447, but jobless rate unchanged

Workforce grows by 469

RICHMOND —

Madison County had 447 more people working in March than in February, even as 469 people entered its work force.

Those figures kept the county’s unemployment rate, 6.9 percent, unchanged from February to March, according to figures released late last week by the state Office of Employment and Training.

The 6.9 percent rate put Madison County in a tie with Daviess and Franklin counties for Kentucky’s fourth best unemployment rate.

Woodford County recorded the state’s lowest jobless rate in March, 6.1 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 6.5 percent, and Fayette County, 6.6 percent.

Ohio, Scott and Shelby counties, each at 7 percent; and Hancock County, 7.1 percent rounded out the top 10 counties.

Madison County’s employment picture in March also was improved from a year earlier.

In March 2012, the county’s labor force stood at 44,981 — 665 fewer than a year later. Those with jobs numbered 41,731 which is 774 fewer than in March this year. The jobless rate was 7.2 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working, according to the employment and training office.

Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. The statistics do not include those who have not looked for employment within the previous four weeks.

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