Unemployment down slightly McLean, Ohio, Hancock Counties | News
Unemployment rates declined in McLean, Ohio and Hancock Counties from June to July according to the latest figures from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
McLean County's rate fell a full percentage point, from 9.4% to 8.4%. Ohio County's rate ticked down from 7.7% to 7.3% while Hancock County's rate fell from 7.6% to 7%, which is among the ten lowest in the state.
Compared to July 2012, however, rates are virtually unchanged.
Unemployment rates decreased in 72 Kentucky counties between July 2012 and July 2013, while 42 county rates rose and six stayed the same.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.8 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 6.4 percent; Oldham County, 6.5 percent; Scott County, 6.6 percent; Carlisle County, 6.7 percent; Jessamine and Simpson counties, 6.8 percent each; Daviess and Franklin counties, 6.9 percent each, and Boone, Hancock and Owen counties, 7 percent each.
Harlan County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.2 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 16.9 percent; Magoffin County, 16.8 percent; Letcher County, 16.3 percent; Fulton County, 15.7 percent; Knott County, 15 percent; Bell County, 14.5 percent; Jackson County, 13.9 percent; Wolfe County, 13.5 percent; and McCreary County, 13.4 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 non-military 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.