Unemployment rates drop in 88 Kentucky counties in past year; Woodford County best at 2.9 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 88 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in 10 and rose in 22 counties between Oct. 2016 and Oct. 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 
Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.1 percent;...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases October unemployment data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October unemployment rate was 5 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 October 2017 was down from the revised 5.2 percent reported for September 2017. The preliminary October 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage...

New Commuting Patterns Report offers interactive look at the Commonwealth’s commuting habits

The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) has created the Kentucky Commuting Patterns Report, the first report of its kind aimed at tracking commuting patterns for all citizens living and or working in Kentucky. “The Kentucky Commuting Patterns Report answers core questions about where Kentuckians live and work,” said KCEWS Executive Director, Dr. Kate Akers. “Policymakers...

Unemployment rates fall in 102 counties; Fayette, Scott, Woodford among those with low jobless rates

Unemployment rates fell in 102 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in five and rose in 13 counties between September 2016 and September 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases latest unemployment statistics

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September unemployment rate was 5.2 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 September 2017 was down from the revised 5.5 percent reported for August 2017. The preliminary September 2017 jobless rate was up 0.2...

Unemployment rates higher in 99 counties compared to last year’s state statistics, 18 see drop

Unemployment rates fell in 18 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 99 counties between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.3 percent. It was followed by Campbell County,...

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...

Kentucky’s nonprofits have major impact on state’s economy, creating $27.3 billion annually

Kentucky’s nonprofit sector not only works to improve lives and build stronger communities but is also a powerful economic engine, according to a new report released by Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state’s association of nonprofits. “Kentucky Nonprofits: More than Charity” found that one in 11 (9.1 percent) Kentuckians was employed at a nonprofit organization in 2015,...

Workforce survey results show projected job growth, need for influx of skilled workers

The results from the Bridging the Talent Gap survey are in and projections for Kentucky business expansion and job growth look good. On the downside, employers say there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill those jobs. Currently, there are 51,000 open jobs in Kentucky. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHM) and the Kentucky...

New adult education profiles report shows benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas

A new report shows the benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas, including increased enrollment in postsecondary education. According to the Kentucky Adult Education County Profiles Report, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), of the 22,942 Kentucky GED graduates from fiscal years 2009 to 2011 (followed through fiscal year 2014), 8,455, or 37 percent,...

Kentucky college and career readiness data rolled out before legislative committee

Almost 63 percent of Kentucky public high school graduates were college and/or career ready in 2014, but some question if that percentage indicates enough progress—especially in comparison to other states.   Kentucky’s method of figuring its 62.8 percent overall college and/or career readiness score is “very Kentucky-specific,” Kate Akers of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce...

Covington's Holmes High example of school-business 'Close the Deal' partnership success

Kentucky’s Close the Deal program, which creates a partnership between school districts and business communities, saw such success in its second year in 2013-14, particularly in Covington’s Holmes High School, that the state was prompted to continue the program and launch it into four more districts this year.   Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who brought the program to Frankfort from Louisville...

Kentucky one of 14 states to receive grant to encourage high schoolers to further education

(Photo from Bureau of Labor Statistics)   Kentucky has been chosen as one of 14 states to participate in the National Governor Association’s Policy Academy on Aligning the Education and Training Pipeline to the Needs of the Economy.   Kentucky will receive a grant of up to $170,000 for ongoing technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices, and will have the opportunity to...

Return on Investment: Most Kentucky university graduates stay in state to work

A report released today from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics on the state’s eight public four-year universities shows that students from Kentucky were more likely to stay in the state to work than students from out of state. It also indicates that people who complete postgraduate degrees are less likely to remain in Kentucky to work than people with undergraduate degrees.   More...

New report illustrates how education level affects Ky. students’ employment, earnings

A new report from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics shows that 61 percent of graduates from the state’s public or independent postsecondary institutions in 2006 appear to be employed in Kentucky five years later. What’s more, the report shows that Kentucky students who complete higher levels of education are earning more money.   “This information is important...