Compared to last year at this time the employment picture in Bell County has improved, but the jobless rate is still relatively high compared to a majority of counties in Kentucky.
Bell County had an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent last month. That’s an improvement of 2.7 percent from the 14.9 percent figure in July 2013.
The county’s labor force in July was listed as 8,898, down from 9,277 a year earlier. Of those, 7,800 were listed as employed, while the number of unemployed was 1,098.
Bell’s current unemployment rate is the eighth highest in the state.
Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between July 2013 and July 2014, while 10 county rates increased, and two remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.8 percent. It was followed by Caldwell County, 6 percent; Shelby and Woodford counties, 6.1 percent each; Daviess, Kenton, Oldham and Owen counties, 6.2 percent each; and Campbell and Simpson counties, 6.3 percent.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 15.4 percent. It was followed by Jackson County, 14.6 percent; Harlan County, 14.4 percent; Leslie County, 13.3 percent; Letcher County, 13.2 percent; Knott County, 12.9 percent; Fulton County, 12.7 percent; Bell County; Clay County, 12 percent; and Wolfe County, 11.8 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
Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at www.kylmi.ky.gov.