Logan County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, according to the latest statistics released this week by the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The jobless rate in Logan County for November was just 3.6%. That was the third-lowest among the 120 counties in the state behind only Todd County (3.4%) and Oldham County (3.5%).

The unemployment rate was down sharply from just one month prior when it was 5.1%.

Logan was also the lowest among the 10-county Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). Second lowest in the region was Allen County at 3.9%. Other neighboring Kentucky counties included Warren County (4.5%), Simpson County (4.4%), Butler County (4.7%) and Muhlenberg County (7.0%).

Over the past year, the unemployment rate was lower in Logan County. It was 3.8% during the same month in 2019.

That was not the trend for most counties, however, as unemployment rates rose in 104 Kentucky counties between November 2019 and November 2020.

Todd County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4%. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.5%; Henry and Logan counties, 3.6% each; Carlisle, Cumberland, Green, Shelby, Washington and Woodford counties, 3.8% each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.9%. It was followed by Harlan County, 10.5%; Letcher County, 8.8%; Leslie County, 8.6%; Martin County, 8.4%; Floyd County, 8%; Knott County, 7.9%; Breathitt and Johnson counties, 7.8% each; and Perry County, 7.7%.

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 5.1% for November 2020, and 6.4% for the nation.

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was released on Dec. 17, 2020. 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.

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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