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Cumberland tied for lowest unemployment in KY in Sept 2022

From Mike Clark/Gabe Tomlin

Frankfort, KY - Unemployment rates fell in 119 counties between September 2021 and September 2022, rose in one (Hancock County), and no counties stayed the same according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.


Cumberland and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 2.5%. They were followed by Scott, Shelby, and Woodford counties, 2.6% each; Anderson, Fayette, Henry, and Spencer counties, 2.7% each; and Boone, Bullitt, Marion, Nelson, and Washington counties, 2.8% each.

Magoffin County recorded the state's highest unemployment rate at 8.9%. It was followed by Martin County, 7.3%; Breathitt County, 7.0%; Elliott County, 6.6%; Owsley County, 6.5%; Leslie and Lewis counties, 6.2% each; Carter County, 6.1%; and Harlan and Letcher counties, 6% each.

Kentucky's county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 3.3% for September 2022, and 3.3% for the nation.

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted September 2022 unemployment rate was released on Oct. 20, 2022, and can be viewed at

In that release, Kentucky's statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. For more information regarding seasonal fluctuations, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at

This story was posted on 2022-10-27 10:24:40
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