Unemployment rates fell in 59 counties across Kentucky between January 2015 and January 2016, increased in 53 counties including Crittenden, Union and Webster, and remained the same in eight counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
In Union County, the January 2016 Labor Force Estimates show the unemployment rate for January 2016 was 7.4 percent compared to 5.7 percent in January 2015, and up from 6.6 percent from December 2015.
In Crittenden County, the jobless rate for January 2016 was 6.7 percent, up from 6.1 percent in January 2015 and up from 5.3 percent in December 2015.
In Webster County, the January 2016 unemployment was 6.4 percent, up from 5.1 percent in January 2015 and up from 5.4% in December 2015.
The jobless rate in Henderson County fell to 5.7 percent for January 2016 from 5.8 percent in January 2015, but was actually higher compared to the 5.3 percent unemployment rate posted for December 2015.
State officials indicate Woodford County continues to record the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.7 percent, while Magoffin County continues to record the highest unemployment rate at 21 percent.
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, but does not include residents who have not looked for work within the past four weeks.