Unemployment rates continue to fall

Published 2:37 pm Thursday, October 4, 2018

From staff reports

Unemployment rates reportedly fell in 155 counties across the state between August 2017 and August 2018, with Jessamine County recording one of the lowest rates at 3.4 percent.

“A low unemployment rate is great for the local economy and families, it means that everyone that wants to work is working,” Nicholasville Mayor Pete Sutherland said. “Low unemployment is a sign of a healthy local economy.

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“When we attract new businesses, we will have to go beyond our local boundaries to staff them. That can be seen as positive because people that aren’t receiving services from our community are helping to pay for those services for our community through a payroll tax.”

Boone, Campbell and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent each followed by Fayette, Kenton and Oldham counties, 3.2 percent each; Scott, Shelby and Spencer counties, 3.3 percent each; and Jessamine and Washington counties, 3.4 percent each.