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February unemployment data indicates decline in 119 Kentucky counties; Woodford Co. records lowest rate

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties between February 2017 and February 2018 and rose in one (Metcalfe County), according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.5 percent each; Campbell, Marion, Scott, Shelby and Spencer...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases January 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for January 2018 was down from the revised 4.5 percent reported for December 2017. The preliminary January 2018 jobless rate was down 0.9 percentage points from the 5.2 percent recorded for the state in January...

Kentucky unemployment drops to lowest level since Dec. 2002 as more people enter state’s workforce

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017. The preliminary December 2017 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.8 percent recorded for the state in December...

LEAF initiative pilot program in three Ky counties offers on-site educational and employment services

Pilot programs in three Kentucky counties have recently begun, marking the official launch of the Library Economic Advantage Forum – or LEAF – initiative, a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U and the Kentucky Career Center (KCC) system. The LEAF initiative has been created to address the needs of Kentucky’s families,...

Learning sessions scheduled to review revised Kentucky Work Ready Communities criteria

To inform community leaders about the recently approved revised criteria for Kentucky Work Ready Communities, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) will host learning sessions on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23 for elected officials, business leaders and all persons who are interested. “The new criteria reflects the growing needs of employers and communities...

Kentucky receives $71,000 grant to loan temporary portable ramps to make homes accessible

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network can now loan temporary portable ramps to help people with disabilities awaiting a permanent ramp to access their homes. The Ramp Up Kentucky! program is funded through a recently awarded $71,257 High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. “Ramp Up Kentucky! seeks to provide some...

Preliminary unemployment rate for Kentucky ticks slightly up in July to 5.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2017 was up 0.2 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in June 2017. The preliminary July 2017 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage...

Registration open for Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit September 11-12

The Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Cabinet for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Department of Education, will be held at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville from September 11 – 12, 2017. The inaugural Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit will bring apprenticeship stakeholders...

Ballard, Mason counties among newest Kentucky ‘work ready communities,’ Heiner announces

Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Ballard and Mason counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Jackson, Meade and Owen counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “I am excited to announce that we now have 37 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are 51 counties...

Anderson, Graves counties earn certification as Kentucky Work Ready Communities, Heiner says

Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Anderson and Graves counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Carter, Clinton and Pendleton counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “I am excited to announce that we now have 35 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce...

Work Ready Skills panel approves 25 Kentucky proposals worth over $65.5 million

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals to elevate the Commonwealth’s workforce training capacity, awarded more than $65.5 million to 25 Kentucky projects in its first round of funding. Launched in July 2016, the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce to meet the needs of employers, grow...

Bevin, Heiner unveil $100 million Work Ready Skills Initiative to modernize state workforce

Gov. Matt Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner Wednesday announced the launch of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative. The new $100 million statewide bond program is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce in the Commonwealth to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. Gov. Matt Bevin “As I travel the state,...

Russell Springs manufacturer recognized for youth apprenticeship model to be replicated across state

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner and Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt recently visited with employees at Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems in Russell Springs to get a closer look at a nationally recognized youth apprenticeship partnership that may be replicated across the state.   “To see firsthand...