Simpson County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly 7 percent in June and was less than 1 percent higher than the June 2019 rate.

Kentucky Labor Force Estimates place Simpson County’s June unemployment rate at 5.3 percent, which is a 6.8 percent drop from May’s rate of 12.1 percent. The June 2019 rate was 4.9 percent, which is four hundredths of a percent lower than the June 2020 rate.

June was the second consecutive month in which Simpson County’s unemployment rate dropped by some seven% after reaching 19.5% in April.

During June, Simpson County had a civilian labor force of 8,559 people of which 8,107 had jobs leaving 452 unemployed.

Simpson County’s unemployment rate was higher than the Barren River Area Development District’s 4.9 percent and higher than the state’s 4.8 percent, but lower than the nation’s 11.2 percent.

Monroe County had the district’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.3 percent, which was also the state’s third lowest rate.

Edmonson County had the district’s highest unemployment rate at 5.5%. Simpson County’s rate was the district’s third highest.

Allen County’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, Logan County’s was 3.9 and Warren County’s was 5.2 percent.

Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between June 2019 and June 2020, rose in 33 and stayed the same in five counties.

Carlisle County had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3 percent. Magoffin County had the highest at 11.7 percent.

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.

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