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State releases county unemployment data for April 2021

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Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between April 2020 and April 2021, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.            

Cumberland and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth at 2.8% each. They were followed by Carlisle, Green, Oldham, Scott, Taylor and Todd counties, 2.9% each; and Logan and Washington counties, 3% each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 10.3%. It was followed by Martin County, 7.4%; Harlan County, 7.1%; Breathitt County, 6.4%; Leslie and Lewis counties, 6.3% each; Carter and Letcher counties, 6.1%; Johnson County, 5.9%; and Elliott County, 5.8%.

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 3.8% for April 2021, and 5.7% for the nation.

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted April 2021 unemployment rate was released on May 20, 2021. In that release, Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

(provided by the Kentucky Education Cabinet)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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