KY Unemployment Rates Up, Benefits Extended

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released some not-to-happy unemployment figures just in time for the yuletide season. 

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 7.1 percent. It was followed by Calloway County, 7.5 percent; Woodford County, 7.6 percent; Scott County, 8 percent; Boyd, Jessamine and Madison counties, 8.1 percent each; Rowan County, 8.2 percent; Oldham County, 8.3 percent; and Franklin and Ohio counties, 8.5 percent each.

            Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 21.1 percent. It was followed by Metcalfe County, 18 percent; Jackson County, 16.9 percent; Powell County, 16.6 percent; Trigg County, 15.9 percent; Grayson County, 15.8 percent; Menifee County, 14.4 percent; Wolfe County, 14.2 percent; Lewis County, 13.8 percent; and Edmonson County, 13.7 percent. [A Press Release]

You can view the full list here, in glorious PDF format (Although why they went with the “Comic Sans” font is beyond me…) This comes on the heels of another announcement regarding the extension of unemployment benefits. Specifically, benefits for 32,000 Kentuckians set to expire on Dec. 31 of this year will be extended through Feb 28, 2010. From another press release:

“This extension comes in the nick of time as many Kentuckians are exhausting their benefits and struggling to put food on the table and pay their bills,” said Gov. Beshear. “I applaud Congress and President Obama for recognizing this critical need and will continue to advocate for Kentucky’s unemployed workers during these challenging times.”

Under the new law, people receiving unemployment benefits will continue to be enrolled in the next available benefit program through the end of February. Claimants do not have to apply for the extension. Those who are eligible will automatically continue to receive benefits as long as they keep filing weekly unemployment claims.

One Comment

  1. G-townReader
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully this extended lifeline will get the unemployed into a period where we will see significantly rising employment rates here in Metro Louisville. Shall we cross our fingers?