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Beshear takes action to improve key government programs to better serve Kentuckians

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his administration is working to speed up unemployment insurance claims and is recovering thousands overpaid to deceased workers compensation fund beneficiaries. Both actions improve operations so that state government better serves Kentucky families. Dedicated unemployment insurance staff at career centers Beshear said he and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves...

Beshear, Coleman announce Kentucky Skills U to waive testing fees for those seeking to earn GED

In an effort to support education and enhance attainment opportunities throughout the Commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday that Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), will waive testing fees for Kentuckians seeking to earn a GED. The GED test fee is one of the most common barriers facing adults lacking...

Public Protection Cabinet relocates to Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort

Beginning next Tuesday (Nov. 19), the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) will relocate to the newly constructed Mayo-Underwood state office building located at 500 Mero Street in Frankfort. The agency move will conclude on Dec. 13. Currently, the Public Protection Cabinet and its agencies deliver critical services from locations throughout Frankfort. All PPC agencies will move to the Mayo-Underwood state...

Kentucky unemployment rate remains at 4.4 percent in September, up slightly from same period in 2018

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The unemployment rate for September 2019 was unchanged from the 4.4 percent reported for August 2019. The preliminary September 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in September 2018. The U.S....

Learn the signs of hearing loss, a common condition affecting older adults; take a look at these questions

An estimated 700,000 Kentuckians are deaf or hard of hearing, according to U.S. Census data. As a part of Deaf Awareness, the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) is encouraging Kentuckians to learn the signs of hearing loss. There are over 48 million Americans who have significant hearing loss, according to the 2011...

WRSI grant of $3 million allotted to expand healthcare education, training at BCTC Leestown Campus

To meet the rapidly increasing healthcare needs in Fayette and surrounding counties, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Leestown Campus leaders in Lexington had to dream big, expand partnerships and find funding. Through a $3,040,000 Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) grant from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and funds from community partners, that dream is...

Rae Smith presented with 2019 GED Administrator of the Year Award during national conference

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has announced that Rae Smith was named the 2019 GED Administrator of the Year during the GED Testing Service Annual Conference July 24-26 in Chicago. The GED Administrator of the Year recognizes administrators that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the GED test program. Each year the...

Commonwealth launches free online tool to help Kentuckians explore career pathways

The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) has launched a free online Career Explorer Tool to allow students and job seekers to explore careers matching their knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Designed by KYSTATS, a recognized leader in data platforms, the new Career Explorer Tool was developed with grant funding from the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. The tool is designed to help Kentuckians...

Kentucky leadership to establish Barren County corrections training and re-entry program

Through a collaborative effort among Kentucky’s Executive leadership, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey, Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley are joining forces to launch a training and re-entry program for Kentucky inmates. Cabinet officials along with leadership from Barren County, the Kentucky...

Ky launches upgraded Work Ready Communities Dashboard; added features include county profiles

The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) launched a newly updated Kentucky Work Ready Communities Dashboard to provide a comprehensive view of education, workforce and economic information for all 120 Kentucky counties. The Kentucky Work Ready Communities Dashboard consolidates data into a single online resource to give applicants easy...

New Frankfort office building awaits name and move-in dates but occupants have been named

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The name for the new state office building nearing completion in Frankfort has not been chosen, but most of the agencies that will occupy it have been revealed. 
A letter sent to Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this month by Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum said while move-in dates have not been announced, the agencies and the number of employees have...

New Frankfort state office building awaits name and move-in dates but occupants have been named

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The name for the new state office building nearing completion in Frankfort has not been chosen, but most of the agencies that will occupy it have been revealed. 
A letter sent to Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this month by Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum said while move-in dates have not been announced, the agencies and the number of employees have...

Agencies offering new resources for state’s Medicaid recipients transitioning to Kentucky HEALTH

Kentucky HEALTH, the Commonwealth’s new program for certain able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid, begins on July 1, and several state agencies are working to make the transition as smooth as possible for those recipients. “We have numerous print and digital resources now available that will help the people of the Commonwealth understand and take advantage of Kentucky’s new Medicaid program,”...

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...

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...

LEAF initiative pilot program in three Ky counties offers on-site educational and employment services

Pilot programs in three Kentucky counties have recently begun, marking the official launch of the Library Economic Advantage Forum – or LEAF – initiative, a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U and the Kentucky Career Center (KCC) system. The LEAF initiative has been created to address the needs of Kentucky’s families,...

Learning sessions scheduled to review revised Kentucky Work Ready Communities criteria

To inform community leaders about the recently approved revised criteria for Kentucky Work Ready Communities, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) will host learning sessions on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23 for elected officials, business leaders and all persons who are interested. “The new criteria reflects the growing needs of employers and communities...

Kentucky receives $71,000 grant to loan temporary portable ramps to make homes accessible

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network can now loan temporary portable ramps to help people with disabilities awaiting a permanent ramp to access their homes. The Ramp Up Kentucky! program is funded through a recently awarded $71,257 High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. “Ramp Up Kentucky! seeks to provide some...

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...