State releases county unemployment numbers

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties but rose in 22 from October 2016 to October 2017.

That’s according to Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

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The agency says unemployment stayed the same in ten counties during that time.

Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics says Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.1 percent; Fayette County, 3.2 percent; Jessamine and Scott counties, 3.3 percent each; Campbell, Monroe and Shelby counties, 3.4 percent each; and Boone, Kenton, Marion, Spencer, Todd and Washington counties, 3.5 percent each.

The agency says Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 8.7 percent; Harlan County, 8.5 percent; Jackson County, 7.9 percent; Letcher County, 7.7 percent; Elliott County, 7.6 percent; Lawrence County, 7.5 percent; Wolfe County, 7.4 percent; and Clay and Lee counties, 7.3 percent each.