State releases county unemployment data for September 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 24, 2019) - Unemployment rates rose in 18 Kentucky counties between September 2018 and September 2019, fell in 91 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Fayette, Oldham, and Woodford counties all recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed by Boone County at 2.9 percent; Campbell and Pendleton counties, 3.0 percent each; Cumberland, Henry, Kenton, Scott, and Shelby counties, 3.1 percent each.

Harlan County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.9 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 11.3 percent; Leslie County, 9.4 percent; Letcher County, 7.7 percent; Lewis County, 7.4 percent; Elliott County, 7.3 percent; Carter County, 7.2 percent; Lawrence County, 6.6 percent; Martin County, 6.5 percent; Bell County, 6.4 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 3.8 percent for September 2019, and 3.3 percent for the nation.

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was released last week and can be viewed at In that release, Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. For more information regarding seasonal fluctuations, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

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Contact: Kim Saylor Brannock
(502) 564-1207

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