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...

Total of 74 counties experienced lower jobless rates in May; Woodford, Oldham, Fayette the lowest

Unemployment rates fell in 74 Kentucky counties between May 2016 and May 2017, rose in 28 and stayed the same in 18 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 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.3 percent; Shelby County,...

Bevin establishes Charter Schools Advisory Council, reorganizes key education boards and committees

Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday that establishes the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council to ensure successful implementation of House Bill 520 (HB 520). The order also realigns key education boards, councils and committees to provide an efficient, modern structure for implementing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and provides for greater coordination of efforts across the education system,...

Unemployment rates in 83 Kentucky counties increased in April compared to 2016 statistics

Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine 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 3.1 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 3.4 percent; Oldham...

New Work Ready Scholarship helps Kentuckians get in, get out and get to work — tuition free

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced details Wednesday about the new Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS), which provides free tuition for programs in five business sectors that are considered high wage, high demand. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) offer numerous programs in these fields, which are health care,...

Second round of Work Ready Skills Initiative awards totaling $33 million distributed to 15 winners

The Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee has selected recipients for its second round of funding. Approximately $33.1 million in bond money was dispersed to 15 projects aimed at developing a highly trained workforce to meet the needs of employers and to promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians. “The response to the Work Ready Skills Initiative has been truly astounding,” said Gov....

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April sees slight increase

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 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 April 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in March 2017. The preliminary April 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than...

Thank a Teacher: Bevin declares May 8-12 as Teacher Appreciation Week for those who make a difference

Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed a proclamation officially declaring May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in Kentucky, joining the National Educators Association in honoring and celebrating teachers and recognizing their invaluable contributions to society. “Teachers are responsible for educating and guiding Kentucky’s children and the future of the Commonwealth and use their vast expertise and...

Unemployment rates dropped in 55 Kentucky counties in March; Woodford, Oldham, Shelby lowest

Unemployment rates dropped in 55 Kentucky counties between March 2016 and March 2017, rose in 53 and stayed the same in 12 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 3.5 percent. It was followed by Oldham and Shelby counties, 3.7...

Annual unemployment rates fell in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016; Woodford leads at 3.2 percent

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2016 at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.4...

Work Ready Skills Committee narrows potential projects to 21, final selections coming in May

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round. The 10-member committee reviewed 41 applications that requested a total of more than $165 million. The projects...

Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation in percentage of board-certified teachers, ninth in total number

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8 percent) and ninth in the nation for the total number of board-certified teachers. This small class...

Unemployment rates down in 115 Kentucky counties; Woodford, Fayette remain state’s lowest

Unemployment rates dropped in 115 Kentucky counties between February 2016 and February 2017, rose in three and stayed the same in two 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 3.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down slightly in February at 4.9 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February 2017 was down 0.1 percent from the January 2017 rate of 5.0 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary February 2017 jobless rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the 5.2 percent rate recorded for the state in...

Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing to recognize deaf champions, community’s rich history

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) urges everyone to celebrate National Deaf History Month, March 13 – April 15, by recognizing deaf champions and increasing awareness of the deaf community’s rich history. Gerry Gordon-Brown One of Kentucky’s champions, Gerry Gordon-Brown, a black woman with a profound hearing loss, was a student at Kentucky State College at the...

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties last year; Woodford, Oldham, Fayette lead the way

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between January 2016 and January 2017, rose in 23 and stayed the same in seven 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 3.6 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent;...