Officials: Unemployment rate up in 96 Ky counties

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latest figure from the Labor Department marks the 11th straight weekly decline in applications

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Officials say the unemployment rate has rose in 96 Kentucky counties.

The dates are between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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Here is the breakdown of numbers, according to officials.

– Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.8 percent.

– Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Oldham and Spencer counties, 4.3 percent each; Fayette County, 4.4 percent; Campbell, Monroe and Scott counties, 4.5 percent each; and Anderson, Boone and Jessamine counties, 4.6 percent each.

– Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 12.2 percent; Elliott County, 11.8 percent, Letcher County, 11.4 percent; Harlan County, 11.2 percent; Carter County, 11 percent; Wolfe County, 10.8 percent; Knott County, 10.5 percent; Lawrence County, 10.2 percent; and Lee and Breathitt counties, 10.1 percent each.

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at https://kcews.ky.gov/KYLMI.