Kentucky's April Jobless Rate Drops To 7.9%

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Updated: 5/16/2013 1:07 pm
Kentucky's unemployment rate fell from 8% in March to 7.9% in April according to the Office of Employment and Training.

The April 2012 rate was 8.2%

The statistics are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey which measures trends rather than the actual number of people working, but economist Manoj Shanker of the OET says, "The employment picture has brightened with the steady increase in jobs."

He went on to say Kentucky's leisure and hospitality sector, which includes arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services, added 5,900 jobs since April of last year.

The state's unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted seasonally due to sharp fluctuations like weather, holidays, and school openings and closings.

You can learn more about Kentucky's labor market here.
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