Albany and Clinton County’s unemployment rate climbed by one-half of a percentage point during the period of time between last month, June, and the prior month of May, 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The most recent report showed that Clinton County had a jobless rate of 9.7 percent for June, 2013, compared to 9.2 percent the month before, May.
The report also showed that the local unemployment rate took a substantial jump from a year ago, when Clinton County’s June, 2012 rate was nearly a full percentage rate lower at 8.8 percent.
Clinton County has a civilian labor force of 4,854, with 4,383 in the ranks of employed, leaving 471 in the jobless category.
Other June jobless rates from counties in the Lake Cumberland ADD included: Adair (9.9), Cumberland (11), Russell (9.7) and Wayne (12.3).
Unemployment rates increased in 88 Kentucky counties between June 2012 and June 2013, while 26 county rates fell and six stayed the same.
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 6.5 percent. It was followed by Boone and Oldham counties, 6.9 percent each; Fayette and Scott counties, 7.1 percent each; Anderson County, 7.3 percent; Kenton and Simpson counties, 7.4 percent each; and Campbell, Hancock, Larue, Shelby and Spencer counties, 7.5 percent each.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 18.5 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 17.9 percent; Leslie County, 17.3 percent; Fulton County, 17 percent; Letcher County, 16.9 percent; Knott County, 15.9 percent; Bell County, 15.5 percent; Jackson County, 14.8 percent; Wolfe County, 14.6 percent; and McCreary County, 14.2 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.