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Carroll County unemployment rate declined in March

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By Dave Taylor

Unemployment numbers showed improvement in Carroll County for March, down by nearly a full percentage point from February.

While this was the trend here and in neighboring counties this year, rates were up in Carroll and 60 other Kentucky counties between March 2009 and March 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“I know this is a tough economic time unlike anything most of us have seen,” Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said Monday. “I am somewhat encouraged, however. Some local industries have put on a few people in recent weeks.”

Carroll County recorded an unemployment rate of 14.8 percent in March, compared to 14 percent during the same month in 2009. The unemployment rate improved over the previous month, however, from 15.7 percent in February 2010.

Kentucky Labor Force estimates tabulate Carroll County’s civilian labor force at 5,522. Of that number 4,705 were employed during the month of March 2010, with 817 listed as seeking employment.

“We have a lot of hard-working, honest people who are trying to feed their families, pay their mortgages and make ends meet,” Tomlinson said, “and it’s hard to do that in this economy.

“What we’re trying to do is to get some of these grant agreements finally settled so we can get some projects bid out,” Tomlinson said. “That would help some of our local contractors to put more people back to work.”

The judge-executive said he was encouraged by the increase in visits by industrial prospects recently who have toured empty industrial facilities locally.

“Of course, these things don’t happen overnight” if those prospects choose to re-locate here, he said. “We’re trying to work with our local industries on expansion plans, but like everyone else they’re waiting to see what’s going to happen with the economy.”

In neighboring counties, Trimble and Gallatin also registered a rise in unemployment over a year ago, while the numbers in Henry and Owen counties improved over March 2009.

Trimble’s unemployment rate in March was 14.1 percent compared to 12.9 percent during the same period in 2009. Like Carroll, Trimble’s unemployment improved from 15.7 percent in February 2010. Of a workforce totaling 4,523 persons, 3,885 were employed in March 2010.

Gallatin’s 13.7 percent unemployment rate in March 2010 was an improvement over the 14.3 percent rate of the previous month, compared to 13 percent in March 2009.

Owen County’s rate last month was 10.3 percent, compared to 10.6 percent in March 2009. Henry’s rate last month of 10.7 percent was an improvement over the 11.5 percent tabulated for a year earlier.

Statewide, Kentucky’s unemployment for March 2010 was tabulated at 10.9 percent with 225,851 persons listed as unemployed across the Commonwealth.

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 county figures.

 

Some information for this story was provided by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.