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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 unemployment drops to lowest level since Dec. 2002 as more people enter state’s workforce

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017. The preliminary December 2017 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.8 percent recorded for the state in December...

Rural Blog: National, state statistics show EPA head Scott Pruitt’s claims about coal jobs are false

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent claim that coal jobs are up 20 percent this year is false, according to national and state figures. Pruitt made the claim during an interview with Louisville’s WDRB-TV last week. Scott Pruitt U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that there were around 50,000 coal mining employees in January 2017 and 51,200 employees as...

Governor Bevin joins 17-state coalition calling on Department of Labor to rescind Persuader Rule

Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday joined with a 17-state coalition, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, to urge the U.S. Department of Labor to rescind the Obama-era Persuader Rule. This regulation threatened to increase legal costs for businesses and undermine the longstanding and vital attorney-client privilege. In a letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, the group concludes: “Given that the...

Apprenticeship USA grant request for proposals due April 19, goal is to create workforce pipeline

In October, the U.S. Dept. of Labor announced that Kentucky was awarded $896,600 to expand apprenticeship opportunities to underserved populations in the Commonwealth. The April 19 deadline to submit request for proposals for the program is fast approaching. The Initiative calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals,...

Kentucky unemployment rate for October up a tick from previous month’s figure, but lower than last year

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for October 2016 was 5.1 percent from a revised 5 percent in September 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary October 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.5 percent rate recorded for the state in October...

Jeff Rubin: Employing older workers just makes good business sense

The last full week of September is National Employ Older Workers Week, a time set aside by the U.S. Department of Labor to recognize the vital role of older workers in the workforce. The aim is to increase awareness of this labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap it. This campaign of awareness comes at a time, when according to a recent New York Times editorial, “Older people are likely...

Bevin adds Kentucky to coalition of 21 states challenging U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, through action by Gov. Matt Bevin, has joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a complaint in federal court challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. If implemented, the new rule will more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers without Congressional authorization. The rule will force Kentucky and...

U.S. Department of Labor agrees with BGADD in workforce program dispute with Bevin administration

Staff report U.S. Department of Labor officials have notified the Bevin administration that its decision to move the Bluegrass region’s workforce development program to two Louisville agencies cannot go forward. In a letter dated Aug. 12 and released Thursday by state officials, the labor department — which is the source of the federal funds supporting the workforce development program...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent in July 2016, down from same time last year

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for July 2016 dipped to 4.9 percent from a revised 5 percent in June 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary July 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in July 2015. The...

Keven Moore: OSHA waving a bigger stick as fines could increase 80 percent for employers

Unlike the cost of a parking and speeding ticket, over the past two and half decades the amount of OSHA penalties for citations imposed on employers have not increased since 1990. For years OSHA has petitioned Congress to increase the civil penalties they can impose when an employer is cited for a safety violation.  For years the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA has made an annual pilgrimage...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate drops to 5.3 percent in April, matching last year’s mark

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April 2016 dropped to 5.3 percent from a revised 5.6 percent in March 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary April 2016 jobless rate was identical to the rate recorded for the state in April 2015. The U.S. seasonally adjusted...