6,917 Kentucky workers are claiming unemployment insurance again, with the number of people claiming the benefits hitting a new all-time high of nearly 6.6 million.

The latest figures from the Kentucky Employment Department show that nearly 3.2 million Kentuckians are now claiming unemployment benefits, up from 3.0 million the previous week.

Unemployment benefits are only available to state workers and part-time employees.

Kentucky has lost 1,200 full-time jobs since the beginning of the year.

Kentucky unemployment is down to 7.1 percent, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.

The numbers are even worse in neighboring Tennessee, where the state lost 7,000 jobs last week, but the number still remains well above the national average.