Kentucky's Unemployment Rate Back Above 11%

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

After a slight decline in September, Kentucky’s unemployment rate has again climbed above 11-percent.

In July, Kentucky’s jobless rate hit 11%, the state’s highest rate in 26 years. It rose to 11.2% in August, but fell to 10.9% in September. But last month, the commonwealth’s jobless rate again rose to 11.2%.

The professional and business sectors surged by five thousand positions in October. Other sectors seeing job increases include government, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, mining and logging, and construction.

On the downside, manufacturing, information, educational and health services, and repair and maintenance all recorded job losses.

An estimated one-point-eight million Kentuckians had jobs in October, but another 232-thousand were unemployed.