Unemployment rates continue to show improvement in western Kentucky with many local and state officials saying more can be done to further lower joblessness in the Commonwealth.
Christian County went from a 12.9 percent unemployment rate last June to 11 percent this June, Todd County had a 9.5 percent unemployment rate last year to 7.8 percent this year, while Trigg County recorded having a 10.8 percent unemployment rate last year to 8.8 percent this year.
A 12-month labor market snap shot provided by the Western Kentucky Workforce Investment Board indicates Ballard and Fulton Counties were the only ones to have rising unemployment rates for the same time period.
Ballard County’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 8.8 percent to 8.9 percent from June of last year to June of this year.
Fulton County went from having a 15.2 unemployment rate last year to having a 17 percent unemployment rate this year.
Fulton County has the highest jobless rate in Western Kentucky.
Michael Pape with Congressman Ed Whitfield’s Office says the Congressman recently embarked on a 10-day tour of the district and spoke with dozens of employers that were struggling in this economy.
Pape explains why Congressman Whitfield and himself believe Kentucky businesses are being over regulated by the federal government.