Kentucky 2009 unemployment rate stands at 10.5%
State officials say Kentucky's annual unemployment rate for 2009 jumped to a 26-year high of 10.5%. That's the highest annual rate since 1983 when it was 11.3%.
The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced the rate Thursday. The 2008 rate was 6.6%.
The U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 9.3% in 2009, also making it the highest annual U.S. unemployment rate since 1983 when it was 9.6%.
The U.S. annual unemployment rate was 5.8% in 2008.