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Jobless rate rose in Crittenden, Henderson, Union and Webster counties in March 2016

Jobless rate rose in Crittenden, Henderson, Union and Webster counties in March 2016

Bill Stephens

April 21st, 2016

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The unemployment rate rose in Crittenden, Henderson, Union, Webster and 61 other Kentucky counties between March 2015 and March 2016, fell in 37 counties, and remained the same in 18, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

The preliminary data released on Thursday shows the jobless rate in Union County increased from 7.0 percent in March 2015 to 7.8 percent in March 2016, but fell from the February 2016 unemployment rate of 8.7 percent.

In Crittenden County the unemployment rate rose from 6.1 percent in March 2015 compared to 6.5 percent in March 2016, but was lower than the February 2016 jobless rate of 7.1 percent.

In Henderson County, the jobless rate rose from 4.9 percent in March 2015 to 6.1 percent in March of this year, but was a drop from the 6.6 percent unemployment rate reported in February 2016.

In Webster County, the unemployment rate for March 2015 was 5.4 percent and increased to 6.1 percent in March 2016, but fell from the 6.8 percent jobless rate in February of this year.

State officials report Woodford County continued to record the lowest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth in March 2016 at 3.6 percent, while Magoffin County continued to record the highest unemployment rate at 20.1 percent.

According to state officials, unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for work within the past four weeks.

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