State enhances unemployment insurance support for customers over the phone and internet

The Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, recently announced enhancements to the online and phone resources available to Kentuckians applying for and receiving unemployment benefits. The enhanced Unemployment Insurance Help Line now provides additional experts in unemployment insurance to assist those seeking benefits when they...

Kentucky Career Center saved state employers $205 million through Workforce Opportunity tax credits

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC) issued 53,398 Workforce Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to Kentucky employers during fiscal year (FY) 2017, a 30 percent increase from the 41,098 issued in FY 2016, according to the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment. The WOTC program potentially saved Kentucky employers more than $205 million in federal taxes. WOTC benefits employers who hire people classified...

Keeping a Positive Attitude: Hard work, persistence pays off for Brown thanks to Amteck training

Between 2010 and 2012 things couldn’t have gotten much worse for Pete Brown. Starting in 2010, he found himself on probation, unemployed, and in two motorcycle accidents in a six short months. Those two accidents didn’t sit well with his probation officer who revoked his probation, sending Pete to prison for a year. That was pretty close to rock bottom for him. When Pete was released on June 1st...

New ‘Reworking Kentucky’ program links those recovering from addiction to employment services

State, business and health leaders have launched an initiative aimed at connecting Kentuckians recovering from addiction with employment services. “Reworking Kentucky,” a component of the chronic substance abuse and addiction program Recovery Kentucky, expands assistance and support to individuals who are exiting the program. It will help them obtain an entry-level, workplace-ready assessment...

Best Places to Work rankings celebrate 90 small, medium, large Kentucky companies

Edward Jones, Your Community Bank and River Road Asset Management have been ranked the 2015 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.   During the 11th annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards ceremony in Frankfort, presented by Kentucky Career Center and USIDES State Information Data Exchange System, more...

Military veterans seeking employment can find assistance at the Kentucky Career Center

Transitioning from one career to another can be challenging for anyone, but for some military veterans there are additional obstacles to overcome. The Kentucky Career Center offers full-time counselors and specialized services to help veterans make the leap to the civilian workforce.   “While all veterans qualify for specialized free job search assistance at Kentucky Career Centers across the...

State awarded $6 million National Emergency Grant to train, assist long-term unemployed

Kentucky will receive a $6.1 million Job-Driven National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. According to a release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office, the funds will target the long-term unemployed and will be used to create and expand job-driven training programs for laid-off workers.   “Equipping workers with the relevant skills that Kentucky’s employers require is vital...

Launch of Kentucky Career Center marks end of ‘unemployment office;’ 75 branches open

The Kentucky Career Center unveiled this week signifies the importance of moving away from having an “unemployment office” to a focus on career services for both job seekers and job providers.   “We are putting a system in place that will better equip Kentucky’s workforce with the skills required to be relevant in the new economy and will provide our businesses with the top-notch workforce...