Unemployment rates fell in 98 of Kentucky’s 120 counties between August 2011 and August 2012, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
The jobless rate worsened in 20 counties, while two other saw no change.
Although the vast majority of Kentucky counties saw improved rates from a year earlier, the statewide rate rose from 8.3 percent in July to 8.5 percent in August.
Madison County, in which the August jobless rate was 6.9 percent, was one of eight counties reporting rates of 7 percent or better.
One month earlier, the county’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. One year earlier, it was 7.5 percent.
Of the county’s 44,013 person labor force, 3,024 were listed as unemployed and actively seeking work in August.
Oldham County reported the state’s lowest August jobless rate, 6.5 percent. It was followed by Franklin, Scott and Union counties, 6.6 percent each; Fayette County, 6.7 percent; Boone and Jessamine counties, 6.8 percent each; Madison County, 6.9 percent; and Hancock, Ohio and Shelby counties, 7 percent each.
Fulton County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate in August — 16.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 16.6 percent; Harlan and Leslie counties, 14.3 percent each; Letcher County, 14 percent; Bell and McCreary counties, 13.8 percent each; Jackson County, 13.7 percent; Knott County, 13.2 percent; and Wolfe County, 13.1 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working, the state’s report noted. 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 statistics cited in Thursday’s news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between national, state and county figures.
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Board eyes cost-cutting options
In a special-called work session Tuesday, the Madison County School Board looked at ways of reducing a projected $2.84 million draw from its reserves to fund the 2013-14 budget.
‘Berea’s Unsung Heroes’
A group of Bereans were honored Tuesday night at the Berea Community School Board, many of which had never been in the spotlight before.
Berea relaxes yard sale ordinance, may restrict fireworks
The Berea City Council adopted a new yard sale ordinance Tuesday, but only after it was amended twice.
Items stolen, but no one injured in home invasion
Berea police are looking for a man who broke into a First Street home Monday and threatened a resident with a knife.
Madison County veterans to host Memorial Day ceremonies
The Madison County Veterans Association, which includes a number of local veterans’ organizations, will be hosting two Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.
The first will take place at the Richmond Cemetery near the flagpole at 10 a.m., and the second will follow at noon in Madison County Memorial Gardens on Berea Road.
Everett King of the American Legion, which is coordinating this year’s events, said U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, will be present at the morning ceremony.
Every year the Memorial Day event has a theme. Last year’s theme was honoring Vietnam veterans, King said, while this year’s theme is honoring all American soldiers.
Another arrest made in rash of business burglaries
Another local man has been arrested in connection with a “smash-and-grab” business burglary in April.
Memorial Day 5K to benefit Hospice Care Plus
For the second year, Chick-fil-A is donating the proceeds from its Spicy Memorial Day 5K race to Hospice Care Plus.
Donations to national charities is best way to help disaster victims
The best way to help with relief efforts associated with the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma is to contact national organizations such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, according to a statement from the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
Storm topples towering motel sign
No one was injured late Tuesday afternoon when a brief but severe storm blew a Red Roof Inn sign from its base and sent it crashing into a pickup truck parked at the motel. Strong thunderstorms are expected today.
Craft lovers fill Kirksville Community Center
The Kirksville Community Center was packed with artists and craft lovers Saturday for the Spring Gathering craft/vendor fair.
Many talented local and regional crafters were set up for the event.
One of the youngest was Laisha Gaines, a 10-year-old from Georgetown, who was selling homemade crafts with her grandmother, Jayne Gaines of Paris. Gaines said she started crafting with Laisha when she was only 3.
Laisha has now taken up most of her grandmother's stand with her creations, from wooden owls to beaded jewelry to small quilted items that are quirky and cute.
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