Unemployment was up in seven of nine Pennyrile counties last month and Christian County still has the highest jobless rate in the region.
Statistics provided by the Office of Employment and Training show Christian County with an 11.6 percent jobless rate in June, which was identical to the rate from May. That equated to 3,162 people in Christian County who were looking for work, but who were unable to find it. It was a half point higher than the rate from June of last year.
Trigg was the only county to boast lower unemployment in June at 9.1 percent—down two tenths of a point from May. It was still two tenths higher than the 8.9 percent recorded in June of 2012.
Todd County's rate increased seventh tenths of a point to 8.5 percent, which was six tenths higher than the number from a year ago.
Muhlenberg County had the second-highest jobless rate at 11.1 percent and Caldwell County was lowest at 7.9 percent.
The state's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in June and the national number was 7.8.
Magoffin County had the highest jobless rate in Kentucky at 18.5 percent and Fulton County was fourth highest at 17 percent. Woodford County had the lowest rate at 6.5 percent and Simpson County was the lowest in western Kentucky at 7.4 percent.