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Ky. jobless rate stays at 7.9 percent in February


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's jobless rate is holding steady at 7.9 percent even though about 150 fewer people overall had jobs in the state in February.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released those findings Thursday.

State economist Manoj Shanker said the report shows "considerable improvement" in gaining back jobs lost during the recession.

Kentucky's manufacturing sector added 3,100 jobs in February, besting all others. The leisure and hospitality sector grew by 2,300 jobs. And the educational and health services sector gained 1,200 jobs.

The state's information sector, which includes print and broadcast media, lost 1,000 jobs in February. The financial services sector was down by 600 jobs. And the mining and logging sector shed another 300 jobs.


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