Unemployment rates in all five counties in the Owensboro area were down in January compared with January 2018.

But all were up from December.

Daviess County reported a 4 percent rate in January -- down from 4.1 percent a year earlier, but up from 3.4 percent in December.

In Hancock, the rate was 3.9 percent -- down from 4.3 percent the previous January, but up from 3.2 percent in December.

McLean had 4.8 percent in January -- down from 5.1 percent a year earlier, but up from 4 percent in December.

For Muhlenberg, the rate was 6.5 percent in January -- down from 6.9 percent the previous January, but up from 5.3 percent in December.

And Ohio reported 5.5 percent in January -- down from 6.2 percent a year earlier, but up from 4.6 percent in December.

The state's highest unemployment rate was 14.2 percent in Magoffin County.

The lowest was 3.1 percent in Woodford County.

In comparison, the state rate was 4.5 percent and the national rate was 4.4 percent.

• The state said last week that Kentucky now has more than 500 foreign-owned plants, which represent 34 countries and employ nearly 112,000 people.

• A new AAA study recently found that 71 percent of us are afraid to ride in self-driving vehicles.

• Local Realtors recently reported that home sales in January were the highest in four years.

But statewide, home sales in January were down 8 percent from January 2018.

And nationally, they were down 1.2 percent.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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