By Dan Modlin
Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky's unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent
in the month of May, unchanged from April's figures.
The Department for Employment Services says the
rate is a significant decline from the previous year's
levels, however. In May of 2003, the seasonally adjusted
jobless rate in the Commonwealth was 6.2 percent.
The Department's Chief Labor Market Analyst, Carlos Craycraft,
says Kentucky is one of 36 states reporting unemployment
rates below the national average of 5.6 percent for the
month of May. Craycraft says Kentucky's non-farm
employment increased by 900 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted
basis for the month of May.