Kentucky’s unemployment rate increases 10.7 percent in January

March 12th, 2010 - 3:34 am ICT by BNO News  

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY (BNO NEWS) – Kentucky’s unemployment rate increased 10.7 percent in January, the Office of Employment and Training (OET) announced Thursday.

“Facing economic headwinds, Kentucky’s economy continued to struggle in January 2010. The statewide unemployment rate rose to 10.7 percent in response to the third largest monthly employment decline on record and a rise in the number of entrants and reentrants into the civilian labor force,” said Dr. Justine Detzel, OET chief labor market analyst.

“January 2010 represents the first decrease in employment in professional and business services companies since August 2009. The job losses are concentrated in administrative and support business, reflecting the end of temporary work at a customer management/technical support center and weakness in the employment services industry,” Detzel added.

Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are currently seeking work. They do not include unemployed state residents who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

Unemployment statistics are grounded on estimations and are collected to measure trends rather than actually represent a specific number of people working.

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