State releases county unemployment data for July 2022

EDITOR'S NOTE: A link to Kentucky county unemployment rate charts is below.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2022) - Unemployment rates fell in 117 counties between July 2021 and July 2022 and rose in three, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet.       

Cumberland and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth at 3% each. It was followed by Oldham and Scott counties, 3.2% each; Anderson, Boone and Fayette counties, 3.3% each; Jessamine County, 3.4%; and Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Harrison, Kenton, Marion, Monroe, Pendleton, Todd and Washington counties, 3.5% each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.2%. It was followed by Breathitt County, 9.1%; Elliott County, 8.9%; Martin County, 8.8%; Carter County, 8.4%; Leslie County, 7.9%; Harlan, Lewis and Owsley counties, 7.5% each; and Knott County, 7.2%.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 4.2% for July 2022, and 3.8% for the nation.

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted July 2022 unemployment rate was released on Aug. 18, 2022, and can be viewed at

In that release, Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are adjusted to observe statistical trends by removing seasonal influences such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. For more information regarding seasonal fluctuations, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.                     

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at