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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – November 2020 to November 2021 showed positive signs of economic recovery as Kentucky continues to contend with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In November 2020, the unemployment rate in Kentucky was 5.6%. Looking ahead to November 2021, that number is down 1.5% for a rate of 4.1%, according to a news release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Kentucky’s civilian labor force in November was 1,997,104, up 4,866 individuals from October. In November that number increased by 7,782 and the number of unemployed decreased by 2,916 to 81,683.

“Kentucky’s labor market showed additional signs of improvement in November as more people returned to the labor force and found jobs,” said University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Mike Clark, Ph.D. “Job seekers are finding work at a faster rate than people are returning to the labor force. This has pushed the state’s unemployment rate back down to levels just before the pandemic. While this is encouraging, the total number of people in Kentucky’s labor force and the number of people employed are still below pre-pandemic levels.”


As for the individual counties in Kentucky, Woodford County recorded the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2%. Scott County followed closely behind at 2.2%.

On the other end of the spectrum, Magoffin County has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 9%, followed by Breathitt County at 7%.

A full list of county unemployment rates is provided by KY stats.