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Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.8 percent in October; jobless rate now at 7.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2020 unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary October 2020 jobless rate was up 1.8 percentage points from September 2020 and up 3.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Ashli Watts: Women, the workforce and the pandemic, a crisis that needs immediate attention

As a female executive, I have had to answer the same question for many years: “How are you able to balance your work and family?” Honestly, those questions have always frustrated me because they have never been asked of my husband. And I have been fortunate until recently, with a lot of help, to make it work. I like to think I’ve always worked hard. But like the experiences of many other people...

Kentucky’s preliminary January 2020 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2020 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary January 2020 jobless rate was unchanged from December 2019 and up 0.1 percentage point from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in January 2019. The U.S. seasonally...

Keven Moore: National Safety Stand-Down Week May 6-10 aims to prevent falls in construction

With the warmer weather, many new construction projects have begun and workers all across the United States have grabbed their tools, hard-hats and lunch pale and are back on the job. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and creates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures each year. The numbers...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate remains unchanged in November at 4.5 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. That was unchanged from October and the same as in November 2017. According to figures released on Thursday, Kentucky added 277 individuals to its civilian labor force, bringing the state’s...

With a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S., KCTCS helps alleviate problem with CDL program

There’s a tremendous shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. – about 300,000, according to Bloomberg. Kentucky is no different, and with more than 13,000 trucking companies in the Commonwealth, that means jobs are plentiful. Best of all, driving a commercial vehicle pays well. The Kentucky Trucking Association reports in 2016, total trucking industry wages paid in Kentucky exceeded $5.0 billion with...

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....

Verizon awards $25,000 to Kentucky Commission on Women to Expand STEM Challenge for Girls

The Lieutenant Governor’s STEM Challenge for Girls, which begin as a pilot program at two Fayette County Middle Schools, has been awarded a $25,000 grant to continue and expand the program in 2018. “Thanks to Verizon the Lieutenant Governor’s STEM Challenge for Girls will now be piloted in the Louisville area, giving middle school girls opportunities for training and mentoring from female STEM...

More jobs than graduates in food, agriculture, renewable resources and environment, study says

From 2015 to 2020 there will be 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment, says a report by Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But not enough graduates are expected to be experts in those fields, says the report. Of those jobs, 46 percent will be in management and business,...

Daily Yonder: The bad news about the good news is nation’s job gains are largely urban

Light red counties lost 200 or fewer jobs; dark red counties lost more than 200. Light blue counties gained up to 200 jobs; dark blue counties gained over 200 jobs. (From Daily Yonder/Bureau of Labor Statistics)   The rural unemployment rate for October matched the national rate at about 7 percent. But rural areas continue to shed jobs.   By Bill Bishop Special to KyForward   The good...