The most recent jobs report from the Kentucky looks good as the highest unemployment counties' numbers slide upward.
For July 2015, Magoffin County in eastern Kentucky has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.8%. That's down from 14.2% in July 2014. In raw numbers, there are 470 unemployed out of a 3,668 available workforce. (The statistics leave out those who have quit looking, left town or have a part time job.)
The best employment statistics in the Commonwealth continue to be in Northern Kentucky Area Development District (ADD) with an unemployment rate of 4.5% followed closely by the Bluegrass ADD (Anderson to Woodford Counties) with 4.6%.
The worst employment statistics continue to be the Big Sandy ADD at 9.1%. Big Sandy is Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike Counties. In July 2014, Big Sandy's unemployment was 10.4%
In Western Kentucky, Fulton County continues to have the highest unemployment rate at 8%. That's an improvement over the past year when Fulton County's unemployment rate stood at 9.3%. The Purchase ADD (Ballard to Marshall) has gone from 7.5% to 5.8%. The Pennyrile (Caldwell to Trigg) has a 6.2% unemployment rate down from 7.2% a year ago. Muhlenberg County with 7.3% unemployment is highest in the Pennyrile. That county has seen a small drop in the unemployment rate from 7.8% a year ago.
Kentucky's state unemployment rate of 5.6% is the same as the national average. Statewide, 110,878 workers remain unemployed and in the market for a job.