Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April was unchanged from the 9.8% recorded in March, the Office of Employment and Training said Tuesday. The jobless rate was 6.1% in April of last year.

“Despite job losses across the board, Kentucky’s unemployment rate held steady in April 2009 at a 25-year high of 9.8%,” Justine Detzel, the agency’s chief labor market analyst, said in a press release. “This is a result of individuals who have faced long-term unemployment becoming discouraged and dropping out of the labor force.”

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