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Unemployment rates rise in 114 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 14.8 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 114 Kentucky counties between December 2019 and December 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.9 percent. It was followed by Todd County, 4 percent; Logan County, 4.1 percent; Cumberland, Spencer, Washington...

Unemployment rates rise in 104 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 13.9 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 104 Kentucky counties between November 2019 and November 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Todd County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.5 percent; Henry and Logan counties, 3.6 percent each; Carlisle,...

Lynn James: Christmas came and went — and the COVID virus is still with us, as we greet the New Year

Christmas still came. In spite of the COVID Grinch, Christmas still came. We could see it happening. More packages being delivered. More cars on the roads headed to stores. More groceries being bought during the last days before Christmas.  Yes, even COVID couldn’t stop our desire and drive to celebrate Christmas this year. And why shouldn’t we? It’s been a long, tough year for all...

St. Jude psychologists: Tend to your mental health over the holidays; address isolation, loneliness, grief

With the holiday season in full swing and many Americans bracing for a long winter of increased isolation, loneliness and grief, the team of psychologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are asking Americans to take a few moments out of their busy schedules today to tend to mental health. Megan Wilkins The team of psychologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have years of experience...

UK Healthcare DEI Council spreads holiday cheer through Crucial Conversations series

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky The UK HealthCare Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council hosted the latest in its series of Crucial Conversations last week. The purpose of this virtual forum was to shed light and educate others on holidays celebrated by different religious and cultural groups during the holiday season. Speakers from the Crucial Conversations holiday event. From left...

NFPA: Prioritize safety at home during holiday activities; fire risk increases during Christmas

Traveling for the holidays might not be on the menu due to COVID-19, but comfort food, festive decorations, and cozy nights in are sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Unfortunately, these activities can often lead to fire, with Christmas Day and Christmas Eve as two of the top days each year for home fires caused by cooking and candles. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone...

Jason Glass: Amid disruptions to our lives, wishing you a merry little Christmas in a year unlike any other

I’ve always been a fan of the holiday season, much like all of you I’m sure. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the things I like the most about the holidays are the traditions – decorating, spending time with neighbors and special dinners with friends and family. I look forward to those holiday events all year long, especially now that I have two young children of my own. But I must...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties during past year

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between October 2019 and October 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Todd County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.6 percent. It was followed by Cumberland and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Carlisle County, 4.9 percent;...

Unemployment rates rise in 113 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 13.5 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 113 Kentucky counties between September 2019 and September 2020, fell in six and was the same in Crittenden County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Carlisle, Cumberland,...

Unemployment rates rise in every Kentucky county during past year; Magoffin highest at 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2019 and August 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5 percent. It was followed by Carlisle and Cumberland counties, 5.2 percent each; Washington County, 5.4 percent;...

Deadliest week on record as Beshear reports on COVID, freezes evictions, mandates face coverings

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was another big day in new cases of the coronavirus, including 11 deaths, making this week the deadliest since the pandemic started in early March. Since Sunday, 66 people have died from the virus. 
Gov. Andy Beshear reported 809 new cases – the fourth consecutive day where new cases exceeded 800 – were reported to state health officials. Ninety-eight of them...

Unemployment rates rise in 109 Kentucky counties in past year; Magoffin jobless rate at 15.3 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between July 2019 and July 2020, fell in 10 and stayed the same in Carlisle County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.2 percent. It was followed by Carlisle and Pendleton counties, 4.5...

Unemployment rates drop in 82 Kentucky counties in past year; Carlisle County lowest rate at 3 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between June 2019 and June 2020, rose in 33 and stayed the same in five counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Carlisle County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Cumberland County, 3.1 percent; Monroe,...

Unemployment rates rise in 117 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 117 Kentucky counties between March 2019 and March 2020, fell in one (Crittenden County) and stayed the same in two (Owen and Robertson counties), according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.1 percent. It was followed...

Unemployment rates rise in 59 Kentucky counties during past year; Oldham has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 59 Kentucky counties between February 2019 and February 2020, fell in 48 and stayed the same in 13 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 3 percent; Fayette...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 56 Kentucky counties in past year, drop in 46 others

Unemployment rates rose in 56 Kentucky counties between December 2018 and December 2019, fell in 46 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent each. It was followed by Fayette, Shelby, and Woodford...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Explore Kentucky’s wildlife management areas during Christmas holiday

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The Christmas holiday provides most of us some much-needed days off and time with family and friends, but sometimes, it is nice to escape from all of the food and festivities and stretch your legs. For those who need to relax and get away for a bit, Kentucky’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) offer a place to go wander. “We have 89 public wildlife management...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association leads coalition offering $10,000 worth of free rides during holidays

The Safe Ride KY coalition has announced that it is offering $10,000 worth of free rides during the upcoming holidays to complement DUI enforcement efforts and prevent impaired driving on Kentucky roadways. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY2020 and ordering a ride home. Rides can be taken between 5 p.m. Dec. 20 and...

Unemployment rates drop in 85 Kentucky counties during past year; Fayette, Oldham top list

Unemployment rates fell in 85 Kentucky counties between October 2018 and October 2019, rose in 24 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fayette and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed by Boone and Woodford...

Officials encouraging Kentuckians to get flu shots now in order to be protected throughout the holidays

The Department for Public Health (DPH) is encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu, as the holiday season is approaching. “As the holidays approach, people will be traveling and families will gather together, increasing the potential for exposure to the flu,” said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner of DPH. “We are strongly urging anyone who hasn’t received a flu vaccine, particularly...