Register Staff Report
Madison County’s jobless rate in August, 6.6 percent, was the same as one year earlier.
According to statistics released Thursday by the state Office of Employment and Training, Madison County had 42,604 people employed in August. That was 58 fewer than in 2012.
Those unemployed but looking for work in August totaled 3,013, which was 26 fewer than a year before.
Madison County’s civilian labor pool was also slightly smaller in August compared to 2012. The 45,617 people who were employed or looking for work numbered 84 fewer than a year before.
Unemployment rates were lower in 97 counties in August, compared to 2012, while 19 county rates rose and four stayed the same, according to the state agency.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Scott County, 5.9 percent; Fayette, Oldham and Shelby counties, 6.1 percent each; Carlisle County, 6.2 percent; and Daviess, Franklin, Jessamine and Owen counties, 6.3 percent each.
Harlan County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.3 percent. It was followed by Leslie and Magoffin counties, 15.7 percent each. Neighboring Jackson County, at 12.9 percent had the state's eight worse jobless rate.
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.
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.