A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Gov. Bevin appoints Leathers as commissioner for Department of Workforce Investment

Ray Leathers of Shelbyville, a decorated U.S. Army veteran with 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment by Gov. Matt Bevin. Leathers replaces Beth Kuhn, who will now be overseeing the community engagement component of Kentucky HEALTH through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Ray Leathers is bringing...

Kentucky Office for the Blind to provide employment opportunities at state cafeterias

In support of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky Work Matters Task Force, blind and visually impaired Kentuckians will soon have increased career opportunities in the food service industry. The Kentucky Office for the Blind will assume management later this spring of two cafeterias that primarily serve state employees. The cafeterias are located at the Transportation Cabinet and the Cabinet for Health...

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...

Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative expanding technical educational training opportunities

Projects funded by the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (KWRSI) — and $150 million in locally matched funds — are off to a fast start in the Commonwealth. Since January 2017, 40 projects have begun, with many already training students for high-demand technology jobs. “Kentucky is advancing rapidly in our mission to become America’s center for engineering and manufacturing...

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...

Ky. celebrates 316 new board-certified teachers, ranks seventh in nation for number with designation

Kentucky is celebrating 316 newly certified National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), the fifth largest class of NBCTs in the nation. With 3,601 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks seventh in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are board-certified (8.6 percent) and eighth in the nation for the total number of board-certified teachers. This large class of newly board-certified teachers, the second largest...

University of Kentucky to hold 29th annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 6 at Gatton College

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward Will the bullish stock market of the past year continue throughout the rest of 2018? Is the outlook positive or negative for Kentucky’s economy? What impacts will the newly enacted federal tax policy have on government spending? Questions like these and many more will be addressed by a panel of experts on Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the University of Kentucky hosts the...

State agencies collaborate to provide employment, training opportunities to SNAP recipients

Kentuckians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and are eligible for the federally funded Employment and Training (E&T) program will now receive assistance from Kentucky Career Centers to meet education and employment training needs. To better serve the people of Kentucky, several agencies in the state government created a new system for SNAP recipients to access...

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...

Five counties earn Work Ready certification from Education and Workforce and Development Cabinet

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced Friday that Barren and Taylor counties have been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Communities. In addition, Harlan, Laurel and Scott counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that...

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...

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 dropped in 32 counties last year; Woodford, Shelby are lowest in state

Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 85 counties between August 2016 and August 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 3.5 percent. It was followed by Shelby...

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...

Pruitt, education partners announce expanded computer science opportunities for state students

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, state and national partners from AdvanceKentucky, the College Board, Code.org and state Sen. David Givens gathered Tuesday at Glasgow High School to announce a new computer science initiative that will expand computer science learning opportunities for Kentucky public school students. “The United States currently has more than 494,000 unfilled computing...

Unemployment rates up in 96 Kentucky counties, fall in 20, according to June 2017 figures

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.8 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Oldham...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June increases to 5.1 percent, slightly above last year’s figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017. The preliminary June 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program expanded to include students working toward GEDs

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include Kentuckians who do not have a high school diploma but are working to achieve their GED concurrent with skills education. “The central idea of the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship is to get thousands of adults to the first or second rung of a high demand career ladder,” said Education and Workforce...