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Jessamine unemployment almost double 2019 rates

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between October 2019 and October 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In Jessamine County, the October 2020 rate was 6.3 percent compared to 4.9 percent in September 2020 and nearly twice as high as the October 2019 rate of 3.3 percent.

Todd County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.6 percent. It was followed by Cumberland and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Carlisle County, 4.9 percent; Henry and Washington counties, 5.1 percent each; and Logan, Monroe, Pendleton, Spencer and Woodford counties, 5.2 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 16.7 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 13.9 percent; Letcher County, 12.1 percent; Martin County, 12 percent; Leslie County, 11.3 percent; Floyd County, 11.1 percent; Perry County, 10.8 percent; Breathitt County, 10.7 percent; Clay County, 10.5 percent; and Johnson and Knott counties, 10.4 percent each.