Simpson County’s unemployment rate dropped almost seven% from April to May.

Kentucky Labor Force Estimates place Simpson County’s preliminary May unemployment rate at 12.4%, which is 6.8% lower than the revised April rate of 19.2%.

The May 2019 rate was 4.2%, which is 8.2% lower than the May 2020 rate.

During May 2020 Simpson County had a civilian labor force of 9,382 people of which 8,217 were employed and 1,165 were unemployed.

Simpson County’s May unemployment rate was higher than both the Barren River Area Development District’s 11.5% and the state’s 10.9%, but lower than the nation’s 13%.

Monroe County had the district’s lowest unemployment rate at 6.8%. Edmonson County had the district’s highest unemployment rate at 14.2%.

Allen County had an unemployment rate of nine%, Logan County’s rate was 8.8% and Warren County’s was 12.3%.

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between May 2019 and May 2020.

Carlisle County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state in May 2020 at 5.4%. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.5%.

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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