Jobless rates fall in 117 counties

Amelia Holliday aholliday@civitasmedia.com

July 24, 2014

HAZARD—New unemployment numbers for June have been released that show Perry County as one of the 117 counties in the state that has seen a drop in unemployment rates in the last year.

According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Perry County’s unemployment rate for June 2014 sat at 10.9 percent, a steep decrease from 14 percent in June 2013.

The state jobless rate was 7.4 percent in June.

Of the eight counties in the Kentucky River Area Development District, six were in the top 20 with the highest jobless rates. Leslie County recorded the highest in the district with 13.6 percent, followed by Letcher County with 13.1 percent. Knott County had a 12.4 percent jobless rate for June, and Lee and Wolfe counties showed an 11 percent rate.

Owsley County recorded a 10.5 percent rate, while Breathitt showed the lowest rate at 10.2 percent.

Statewide, Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 5.5 percent, followed by Kenton County at 5.8 percent.

These statistics are not seasonally adjusted, according to the Kentucky OET, and are only estimates that are complied to measure trends, not to actually count the number of people working in an area.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.