Simpson County’s unemployment rate increased by almost 1% from June to July.

Kentucky Labor Force Estimates list Simpson County’s preliminary July unemployment rate at 6.3%, which is nine tenths of one% higher than June’s revised rate of 5.4%.

Simpson County’s July 2020 unemployment rate was 1.4% higher than the July 2019 rate of 4.9%.

During July 2020 Simpson County had a civilian labor force of 8,140 people of which 7,630 were employed and 510 were unemployed.

Simpson County’s unemployment rate in July was higher than the Barren River Area Development District’s 6.1% and higher than the state’s 6.2, but lower than the nation’s 10.5%.

Hart and Logan counties had the district’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.1%. Barren County had the highest at seven%.

Allen County had an unemployment rate of 5.5%. Warren County’s was 6.2.

Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between July 2019 and July 2020, fell in 10 and stayed the same in one county.

Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in Kentucky in July 2020 at 4.2%. Magoffin County recorded the states highest unemployment rate at 15.3%.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than to count the number of people who are working. Civilian labor force statistics include persons who are actively seeking employment, not those who have not looked for work during the past four weeks.

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