- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say annual unemployment rates rose last year for 57 of the state’s 120 counties but dropped for 51 counties.

Meanwhile, the rates for 12 counties stayed the same from 2012 to 2013, and Kentucky’s rate of 8.3 percent was also unchanged during the period.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County’s annual jobless rate last year was the state’s lowest, at 6.1 percent, up from 6 percent in 2012. Leslie County had the highest rate in 2013 at 17.7 percent, up from 14.1 percent a year earlier.

Harlan and Magoffin counties followed Leslie County with 17.6 percent unemployment in 2013, and Letcher County had 17.3 percent.

At the other end, Fayette and Oldham counties tied for the second lowest rate at 6.5 percent, and Scott County had 6.7 percent.

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