Jobless rates down in all Kentucky counties in March 2015

Jobless rates down in all Kentucky counties in March 2015

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between March 2014 and March 2015, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.


Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2015 unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2001 when it was 5 percent. Kentucky’s figure is below the national rate (5.5 percent) for the eighth month in a row, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent; Fayette County, 4 percent; Scott County, 4.1 percent; Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Boone and Owen counties, 4.3 percent each; and Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison and Spencer counties, 4.4 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 14.7 percent. It was followed by Russell County, 11 percent; Harlan County, 10.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.5 percent; Leslie County, 10.2 percent; Letcher and Wolfe counties, 10.1 percent each; Breathitt County, 10 percent; and Clay, Knott and Menifee counties, 9.9 percent each. Read More