Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

February 26, 2014

New state report measures Carter County income, employment, education

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer

Feb. 26, 2014 — A recently released profile by the Kentucky Center of Education and Workforce Statistics reveals new data concerning income, employment and education in Carter County.

The report outlines that the average annual household income in the county is $35,415 which falls well below the state average of $42,610 and the national average of $53,046.

Additionally, more than 20 percent of county residents are living below the poverty line, which is higher than both state (18.6 percent) and national (14.9 percent) figures.

The report outlines that employment in the county is primarily found within four major industries: utilities, government and education, manufacturing and health care.

This means that the majority of Carter County residents are employed by city and county government, the school system, hospital clinics, manufacturing plants and utility companies – both city-owned and private.

The county's unemployment rate is 11.1 percent or three percent higher than both the state and national averages.

The report also gives educational statistics among adults in the county.

According to the figures, slightly more than 25 percent of Carter County residents do not possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate.

That figure eclipses state figures (17.6 percent) and (14.3 percent) of U.S. residents who haven't graduated from high school.

Of the students who are high school graduates, more than 56 percent of them are attending college.

Nearly 40 percent of those attending college are choosing Ashland Community and Technical College for their post-secondary studies, while 32.5 percent are enrolling at Morehead State University.

Only four percent of high school graduates in Carter County are choosing Kentucky Christian University for their college studies.

For more information or to view a copy of the Carter County profile, visit

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