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Jobless Rates: A Comparison, and the Rest of the Picture

WKYT, citing information directly from a state agency's news release, reported  the following:  "State officials say unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016." This sounds like promising news indeed, but WKYT failed to go much deeper than to post the news release without comparison to the previous administration's rates to see if unemployment was truly decreasing as the news release suggests. In other words, they didn’t look at whole picture. We will.

Under the leadership of Gov. Beshear, Kentucky saw 27 more counties with decreased unemployment rates. Kentucky Career Center says of the previous year, "Unemployment rates fell in 109 Kentucky counties between October 2014 and October 2015.”

In a state consisting of 120 counties, Beshear came just 11 counties short of seeing unemployment fall in every county in the Commonwealth. The same cannot be said of Gov. Bevin. In fact, there’s a much more ugly reality: "The Ke…