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Tue October 21, 2008
KY Jobless Rate Up in Sept
By Todd Hatton
Frankfort, KY – The state's jobless rate has risen again.
The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says the preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.1 percent, up from 6.8 percent in August.
Chief state labor market analyst Justine Detzel says that nearly every sector of the state's economy suffered job losses. She blames cutbacks in government spending, a prolonged manufacturing slump and a clampdown by consumers on discretionary spending.
Detzel says non-farm jobs fell by over 13 thousand in September. Some 2,500 of those were in local government positions, including public school districts and public administration agencies.
The news was better in three job sectors. The natural resources and mining sector added 200 jobs. The information sector and financial activities sector each added 100 jobs.