The closure of Morgantown's Sumitomo Plant is ultimately responsible for the county's new unemployment figures. The Department of Employment Services ranks Butler County third among Kentucky's counties, with an unemployment rate of 10 percent.
The plant's closure sent more than 700 people looking for new jobs. County leaders say they are actively pursuing new industry. While job hunting, some of those given pink slips are attempting to further their education.
Since many of Sumitomo's jobs went South to Mexico, the Workforce Investment Act entitles former employees to financial assistance if they choose to further their education. Daymer College is just one of two colleges that have moved in since the plant's departure. Currently, Daymar has several adults participating in classes. The college is anticipating nearly 100 students to enroll this November.
Kentucky falls just below the national unemployment average of 5.7 percent for the month of August.
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Source: http://www.desky.org/ (Kentucky Department of Employment Services Web site) contributed to this report.