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State releases county unemployment data for July 2021


Unemployment rates fell in 116 Kentucky counties between July 2020 and July 2021, rose in two (Owsley and Spencer), and stayed the same in two counties (Clinton and Lyon), 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 3.5% each. They were followed by Boone and Scott counties, 3.7% each; and Bourbon, Carlisle, Fayette, Taylor, Todd and Washington counties, 3.9% each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.1%. It was followed by Martin County, 9.7%; Harlan County, 9.2%; Breathitt County, 9%; Leslie County, 8%; Elliott and Letcher counties, 7.9% each; Knott County, 7.7%; and Carter and Lewis counties, 7.6% each.

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 4.7% for July 2021, and 5.7% for the nation.

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.

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at: http://kystats.ky.gov/KYLMI

(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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