HAZARD—County jobless rates for the month of July are out, showing that rates in 108 out of the 120 counties in the Commonwealth have dropped since last year.
According to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, between July 2013 and July 2014, unemployment rates fell in 108 counties, rose in 10 counties, and showed no change in two counties.
For July 2014, Perry County’s jobless rate was recorded at 11.2 percent, an increase from the 10.2 percent from June 2014, but a significant decrease from July 2013, when rates were recorded at 13.1 percent.
All of the counties in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District saw a decrease in unemployment rates in July. Breathitt and Owsley counties recorded the lowest rates in the district at 10.3 percent each, a 2.5 percent drop for Breathitt from 2013 when its rate sat at 12.8 percent, and a less drastic decline for Owsley, which recorded a 10.8 percent rate that year.
Lee County followed Owsley and Breathitt with an 11.1 percent rate, down from 12.9 percent last July, and Wolfe also showed a decrease from its 13.5 percent last year to 11.8 percent.
Knott, Letcher, and Leslie counties finished off the district with the lowest rates at 12.9 percent, 13.2 percent, and 13.3 percent respectively. These were still improvements compared to July 2013 when Knott County recorded a 15 percent unemployment rate, and Letcher and Leslie showed rates of 16.9 and 16.3 respectively.
Statewide, Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 5.8 percent, followed by Caldwell County at 6 percent; Shelby and Woodford counties at 6.1 percent each; Daviess, Kenton, Oldham, and Owen counties at 6.2 percent each; and Campbell and Simpson counties at 6.3 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest rate at 15,4 percent. Other Southeastern Kentucky counties also ranked in the bottom 10, including Jackson County at 14.6 percent, Harlan County at 14.4 percent, Leslie, Letcher, and Knott counties, Fulton County at 12.7 percent, Bell County at 12.3 percent, Clay County at 12 percent, and Wolfe County.