- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s unemployment rate has inched downward, dropping to 7.7 percent in January.

The state Office of Employment and Training says the statewide jobless rate in January was down from the 7.9 percent rate in December.

It’s also an improvement from a year ago, when the statewide jobless rate was 8.2 percent in January 2013.

Kentucky’s jobless rate remains above the national rate.

The state agency said this week that Kentucky’s construction sector posted an employment increase in January. Other parts of the economy showing gains included the government and services sectors.

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