Madison County's unemployment rate increased from 3.6 percent in January 2018 to 3.8 percent in January 2019.

In the January 2019 preliminary report, Madison County had about 44,772 employed residents and 1,773 unemployed residents.

Madison County is one of 72 counties across the commonwealth that saw the increase in unemployment rates, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics. Thirty-seven counties saw a fall in their unemployment rates, and 11 counties remained the same.

The comparable unadjusted unemployment rate for the state in 2019 was 4.5 percent, rising from 3.5 percent in 2018. The national unadjusted rate is at 4.4 percent.

Woodford County had the lowest unemployment rate again this year at 3.1 percent. Following close behind is Fayette County at 3.3 percent; Oldham and Shelby counties at 3.4 percent each; Scott County at 3.5 percent; Boone and Spencer counties at 3.6 percent each; Anderson County at 3.7; and Campbell, Franklin, Henderson, Jessamine, Kenton and Madison counties at 3.8 percent.

Magoffin County was recorded with the highest jobless rate again in January 2019 at 14.2 percent, decreasing from 15.3 percent in January 2018. Following behind is Lewis County at 10.1 percent; Carter County at 10 percent; Elliott County at 9.8; Menifee County at 8.9 percent; Fulton County at 8.8 percent; Wolfe County at 8.6 percent; Lawerence County at 8 percent; Breathitt County at 7.8 percent; and Bath and Livingston counties at 7.7 percent each.

Unlike monthly national data and state data, unemployment statistics for counties are not seasonally adjusted. Statewide data is seasonally adjusted to observe statistical data to remove seasonal factors that include weather changes, holidays and school openings and closings.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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