Ky. unemployment rate climbs to 7.8 percent

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 11:48 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched upward again.

The state Office of Employment and Training says the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, up from a revised 7.7 percent in January but 0.4 percentage point below the 8.2 percent rate in February 2013.

The agency said U.S. Labor Department records show the U.S. seasonally adjusted rate also rose 1 percentage point from 6.6 percent in January to 6.7 percent in February.

Kentucky's leisure and hospitality sector rose by 1,900 jobs in February, manufacturing added 1,600 positions and the educational and health services sector rose by 600 positions.

Meanwhile, the professional and business services sector lost 3,600 jobs in February, the financial activities sector fell by 1,300 jobs and the construction sector lost 300 jobs.

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