Jobless rates fall in 83 Kentucky counties in past year

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky officials say unemployment rates fell in 83 of the state’s counties between April 2015 and April 2016. Jobless rates rose in 33 counties and stayed the same in four.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 2.9 percent.

It was followed by Oldham County at 3.2 percent; Fayette County at 3.3 percent; Shelby and Spencer counties at 3.4 percent; and Boone, Campbell and Scott counties at 3.5 percent.

Magoffin County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.8 percent.

Leslie County was next at 11.6 percent, followed by Harlan County at 10.9 percent; Letcher County at 10.7 percent; Floyd County at 10.5 percent; Pike County at 10 percent; Knott County at 9.9 percent; and Clay County at 9.7 percent.