Annual jobless rates fall in 86 of Kentucky's 120 counties

Justin Greene
April 26, 2017

The state's jobless rate, which is seasonally adjusted, was 5.1 percent in March, unchanged from February.

Osceola County unemployment also saw a decrease from 2.8 percent in January to 2.6 percent in February, but their ranking went down from fourth place to seventh. Statistics state 1,400 people were unemployed or looking for work in February, which was down by 200 from February.

The civilian labor force, or the sum of the unemployed and employed, increased by 1,000 from 246,000 in March 2016 to 247,000 in March 2017.

The national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March. The statewide unemployment rate for OH was 5.3 percent, meaning all area counties were below the statewide average in March.

Among the state's 88 counties, preliminary March 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.6 percent in Monroe County.

China's registered urban unemployment rate fell below 4 percent for the first time in years, in a hopeful sign slower economic growth is not creating the massive unemployment Beijing fears will sow social instability.

All of the five Kansas counties surrounding Labette also had seasonally unadjusted unemployment reductions in March.

Economists said the lower jobless rate suggested a healthier picture of Chinese economy. Total nonfarm payroll employment fell 2,200 in March, with increases of 300 in the goods-producing sector and decrease of 2,500 in the service-providing sector.

Education and health services added 700 jobs and so far have gained jobs for four-consecutive months. That is better than the March 2016 unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

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