Jobless rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties, including Union County and neighboring counties, between December 2014 and December 2015, according to the latest preliminary unemployment report released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
The jobless rate in Union County rose to 6.6 percent for December 2015 compared to 5.2 percent in December 2014.
In Crittenden County, the unemployment for December 2015 increased to 5.3 percent compared to 4.6 percent in December 2014.
In Henderson County, the jobless rate rose to 5.3 percent for December 2015 compared to 4.9 percent in December 2014.
In Webster County, the December 2015 unemployment rate increased to 5.4 percent compared to 4.6 percent in December 2014.
The Office of Employment and Training reports the unemployment rate between December 2015 and December 2014 fell in six counties across the Commonwealth and remained the same in five counties.
Woodford County continues to record the lowest jobless rate in Kentucky at 3.5 percent, while Magoffin County continues to record the state’s highest unemployment rate of 15.5 percent.
State officials say the unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work, and does not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.