Unemployment rates rose in 76 Kentucky counties between October 2017 and October 2018, fell in 34, and stayed the same in 10 counties, that’s according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford Co recorded the states lowest jobless rate at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties at 3.3 percent each; Kenton, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.4 percent each; and Henry and Jessamine counties, 3.6 percent each. Magoffin Co recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. It was followed by Elliott Co, 7.4 percent; Harlan Co, 7.3 percent; Carter and Leslie counties, 7.2 percent each; Clay and Owsley counties, 7.1 percent each; Knott and Wolfe counties, 6.9 percent each; and Breathitt Co, 6.8 percent.
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 4.2 percent for October 2018, and 3.5 percent for the nation.