Unemployment rates fall in 119 Kentucky counties


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – State officials say unemployment rates fell in all but one of Kentucky’s 120 counties between May 2014 and May 2015.

Russell County was the lone county where the jobless rate rose.

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The state Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.8 percent this past May.

Fayette and Oldham counties were next with 4 percent unemployment rates. Owen and Shelby counties had 4.1 percent rates and Boone and Scott counties were at 4.2 percent each. Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine and Spencer counties had 4.3 percent rates.

Officials say Magoffin County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent. The next highest rates were 11.1 percent in Harlan County; 10.3 percent in Leslie and Letcher counties; 9.7 percent in Russell County; and 9.5 percent in Clay County.