State releases county unemployment data for July 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Unemployment rates rose in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2018 and July 2019, fell in 15 and stayed the same in six counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS).

They say Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent.

It was followed by Boone County, 3.8 percent; Fayette County, 3.9 percent; Campbell, Kenton, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.1 percent each; and Bourbon, Cumberland and Shelby counties, 4.2 percent each.

Harlan County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics.

It was followed by Magoffin County, 13 percent; Leslie County, 11.8 percent; Carter and Lewis counties, 9.8 percent each; Wolfe County, 9.3 percent; Elliott County, 9.1 percent; Letcher County, 8.8 percent; Knott County, 8.7 percent; and Breathitt and Martin counties, 8.5 percent each.

Officials say Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes.

Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings.

Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 5.1 percent for July 2019, and 4 percent for the nation.

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