Unemployment rates rose in nine Kentucky counties, fell in 110 counties and remained the same in Breathitt County between March 2021 and March 2022, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS).
Woodford County recorded the lowest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8%. It was followed by Scott County, 3%; Boone, Fayette and Todd counties, 3.1% each; Harrison and Jessamine counties, 3.2% each; Logan and Simpson counties, 3.3% each; and Anderson, Caldwell, Campbell, Cumberland, Green, Kenton, Madison and Monroe counties, 3.4% each.
Magoffin County recorded the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.2%. It was followed by Breathitt County, 8.8%; Elliott County, 8.6%; Martin County, 8%; Carter County, 7.6%; Lewis County, 7.5%; Leslie County, 7.2%; Harlan and Owsley counties, 6.9% each; and Johnson and Knott counties, 6.5% each.
Kentucky County unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted due to small sample sizes. Employment statistics fluctuate greatly 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% for March 2022 and 3.8% for the country.
Kentucky’s March 2022 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was released on April 14, 2022 and can be viewed on Kentucky.gov.
In this release, Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvest, holidays and openings. and school closures. For more information on seasonal fluctuations, visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than to actually count people who are working. Civilian workforce statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentucky workers who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentucky workers who have not looked for work in the past four weeks. Data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.
Learn more about Kentucky’s labor market information at kystats.ky.gov.
Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development