Jobless rates down in Trimble from a year ago

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Unemployment rates fell in Trimble and 96 other Kentucky counties between December 2011 and December 2012, while 21 county rates increased and two stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Of Trimble’s available civilian labor force, 3,894 were employed in December 2012, placing the county’s unemployment rate at 8.2 percent for the month. Trimble’s unemployment figure had been at 7.1 percent the month previously. While the number of unemployed increased from November to December, the December rate was greatly improved over December 2011 when 9.5 percent of the county’s available workforce was unemployed.

Trimble compares well with surrounding counties. While Oldham County’s rate held steady at 7.1 percent from Nov. to Dec. 2012, Carroll County suffered a decline in overall number of employed persons from 8.5 percent in Nov. to 9.0 percent unemployment in Dec. 2012. The current rate is an improvement over a year ago when Carroll’s unemployment rate for the last month of 2011 stood at 10.7 percent. Jefferson County, Ky., and Henry County currently reflect unemployment rates of 7.9 percent. Gallatin County, like Trimble stands at 8.2 percent.

The counties in the region with the least unemployment are Oldham County (6.1 percent), Shelby County (6.2 percent) and Owen County (6.6 percent).

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.4 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Union counties, 5.9 percent each; Franklin and Oldham counties, 6.1 percent each; Madison and Shelby counties, 6.2 percent each; Scott County, 6.3 percent; Jessamine County, 6.4 percent; and Daviess and Warren counties, 6.5 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 16.9 percent. It was followed by Fulton County, 15. 8 percent; Leslie County, 14.6 percent; Letcher County, 14 percent; Knott County, 13.8 percent; Bell, Harlan and Wolfe counties 13.5 percent; Jackson County, 12.9 percent; and McCreary and Perry counties, 12.7 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.