Unemployment rates down in 115 KY counties in February 2017

The unemployment rate for Northeast Mississippi fell to 3.9 percent in February, the lowest since the turn of the millennium.

The statewide unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent one year ago. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.8 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 4 percent each; Jessamine County, 4.2 percent; Boone and Warren counties, 4.3 percent each; and Allen, Campbell and Spencer counties, 4.4 percent each. Lexington's metro area led the state with 4 percent in February.

Decatur continues to have the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the state, ahead of Rockford's 9 percent rate; Danville's 7.2, Peoria's 6.7 and Kankakee's 6.6.

Unemployment was at 6.6 percent in January 2016.

"Of all the nonfarm jobs gained over the past year, less than 10 percent were outside of the Chicago metro area", said Jeff Mays, IDES director.

IDES statistics showed that the Quad-City region added 400 total nonfarm jobs to reach 179,800 in February.

But strong gains were shown in educational/health services (+800) and professional/business services (+600).

The largest sector decline continued to be in manufacturing, which lost 1,100 jobs over the year and 700 over the month.

Declines of 200 jobs were seen in leisure and hospitality; transportation, warehousing and utilities; and retail.

Construction and mining lost 400 jobs from a year ago.

The unemployment rate identifies those out of work and seeking employment.

According to the Kentucky Career Center, jobless rates dropped in 115 counties in the state between February of 2016 and February of 2017.

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  • Larry Hoffman