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Another chapter in George Bush's America and Ernie Fletcher's Kentucky opened itself today or perhaps just another page in the Republican book. The state reported jobless rates were up today. The had this press release:
Jobless rates up in 97 counties from July 2004 to July 2005
Unemployment rates rose in 97 Kentucky counties between July 2004 and July 2005, fell in 20 counties and stayed the same in three counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Education Cabinet.
In July 2005, three counties had a jobless rate at or above 10 percent and three counties recorded double-digit rates in July 2004.
Pendleton and Woodford counties’ 4.4 percent jobless rates were the lowest in the commonwealth. Other low rates were recorded in Fayette, Oldham, Scott and Spencer counties, 4.5 percent each; and Anderson, Boone, Franklin and Jessamine counties, 4.6 percent each.
Bath County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 11.5 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 10.8 percent, Wolfe County, 10 percent; Elliott County, 9.7 percent; Lewis County, 9.6 percent; Trigg County, 9.5 percent; Clay and Graves counties, 9.3 percent each; Morgan County, 8.9 percent; and Carter County, 8.7 percent.
Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures.
We've got 120 counties in this commonwealth and 97 of them had a rise in unemployment. It's ashame Fletcher's more worried about covering his own backside then about the working men and women in Kentucky. If he'd been creating jobs and getting more industry in Kentucky instead of trying to stack the state payrolls with good Republicans, he might be able to come through on his campaign promises to get thousands of people in Kentucky jobs. The problem is that not everyone can work at Wal-Mart. But... then again, only the patrons get jobs in Bush's America anyway.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:39 PM
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There are already factories in the bit of KY i'm living in - but only half as many as 20 or so years ago (and falling). The problem is less the creation of new jobs as the Harvard MBA enthusiasm for exporting jobs to Mexico and China.
i am merely surprised that it wasn't a climb in every county. If pressed, i would suggest that the methodology of the study allows some unemployment to be 'overlooked' (as in the Fed count of unemployed that just drops you off the "uneployed" count as a "chronic unemployed" after you have been unsuccessfully looking for 18 months).
[N.B. Ever wonder why 'unemployment' seems to improve in 18 month cycles? Well, it seems that 18 months after a layoff, the Feds find a reduction in the number of unemployed counted.....and give themselves full credit for "the upturn in the economy"........]
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