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Education and Workforce Development Cabinet April unemployment report remains steady at four percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2018 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for April 2018 was unchanged from the 4 percent reported for March 2018. The preliminary April 2018 jobless rate was down 1.2 percentage points from the 5.2 percent recorded for the state in April 2017. The U.S....

Annual unemployment data shows decrease in 80 counties; Woodford county records lowest rate

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 80 Kentucky counties in 2017 compared to 2016, rose in 24 and stayed the same in 16, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2017 at 3.3 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.5 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 3.6 percent each;...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases March 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate was 4 percent, the lowest rate recorded for the state in the 42 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started providing data in 1976, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for March 2018 was down from the revised 4.1 percent reported for February 2018. The preliminary...

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...

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Ky. counties from Jan. 2017 to Jan. 2018; only Carter County sees increase

Unemployment rates fell in 119 Kentucky counties and rose in one county (Carter County) between January 2017 and January 2018, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3 percent; Oldham County, 3.1 percent; Marion and Scott counties, 3.2...

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’s annual unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent in 2017; lowest recorded level since 2000

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent. The U.S. annual...

Unemployment rates fell in 117 of Kentucky’s 120 counties in 2017; Woodford has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in two (Estill and Hickman counties) and rose in one county (Bath County) between December 2016 and December 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...

Unemployment rates fall in 72 Kentucky counties; Woodford County marks lowest rate at 2.7 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 72 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in 17 and rose in 31 counties between November 2016 and November 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 2.7 percent. It was followed by Oldham...

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,...