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Beshear reports 775 new COVID-19 cases, 8 death, 130 kids; announces economic development projects

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported 775 new COVID cases and eight deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 45,978 cases and 910 deaths. One-hundred-thirty of the new cases were children 18 and younger, including 14 children 5 and under. The youngest was a 2-month-old from Jefferson County. “We’re tracking again about what we’ve seen the last several weeks,” said Beshear. “Did you ever...

Georgetown named best college in Kentucky for students finding jobs, graduate school acceptance

For the third consecutive year, Georgetown College has been named the best college in Kentucky for students getting a job or into graduate school. With students increasingly focused on college kickstarting their careers, Georgetown stands out as the best in the Commonwealth. “Georgetown College stands out in Kentucky and the Southeast for the transformational education that we offer to our students,”...

Creating resiliency through adversity: UK Career Center helps students navigate uncertain job market

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky For the 2020 graduating class at the University of Kentucky, their last semester has been nothing short of a whirlwind. Due to the global pandemic, they have faced a quarantine, conquered remote learning and many experienced virtual or social distanced graduation recognitions. While they are surely trailblazers, the harsh reality of the pandemic and its economic...

Jackson City School District may be small, but students have big plans for community’s future

Main Street in Jackson, in Breathitt County. (Photo provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Jackson Independent School District students in Breathitt County are excited about their community’s future and expressed their desire to create their own jobs. And, while the J.D. Vance book “Hillbilly Elegy” has not been a positive portrayal of Breathitt, they believe the upcoming movie publicity...

State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

New report shows private equity creating jobs and driving economic growth across Kentucky

New research from EY and the American Investment Council reveals that across Kentucky, the private equity industry employs more than 102,000 workers—who, on average, earn $69,000 a year in wages and benefits. Beyond these direct jobs, the industry supports more than 327,000 jobs and generates $700 million in state and local taxes, a tremendous benefit to communities in every corner of the Commonwealth. “This...

U.S. Census Bureau offering short-term jobs in most areas of Kentucky to help with accurate census

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Census Bureau is offering short-term employment with good pay with. 500,000 positions available across the country, including a number of positions available in most areas of Kentucky in several job categories.

 “We need people to apply now so they can be considered for part-time census taker positions next spring,” said Timothy Olson, Census Bureau associate...

Kentucky jobs rely on Congressional leaders coming to terms on trade agreement with Canada, Mexico

By Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Public News Service Congressional leaders still are trying to hammer out a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and there’s a lot on the line for workers in Kentucky. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would replace the 1994 agreement known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Nearly 151,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by exports...

Anna Baumann: How are Kentucky workers faring this Labor Day; where are quality jobs families need?

The longest economic recovery on record and a state unemployment rate of 4.3% sounds like a strong foundation for Kentuckians’ prosperity. But a close look at the numbers this Labor Day shows an economy where many Kentucky communities still lack jobs, especially quality jobs families need to thrive. When you take into account the many still-sidelined workers the official unemployment rate doesn’t...

Wayne Lewis: As the workplace continues to change, education must evolve to prepare students

One of the best parts of being education commissioner is having the opportunity to travel across Kentucky, talking with and spending time with students, educators, parents and community stakeholders. There are many good things happening in schools and communities across the Commonwealth, and I am privileged to get to see and hear so much of it for myself. One of my most recent trips was to Graves County,...

Five economic development projects announced by Gov. Matt Bevin will bring 1,600 jobs to state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A series of five economic development announcements by Gov. Matt Bevin’s office last week means the creation of up to 1,600 new jobs across the state in the coming years. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc., an air cargo company, will move its operations center from Florence to Erlanger near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, with a $34.1 million investment...

BBB Trends: Be aware of some common summertime scams — and please avoid them; here are some tips

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Before stowing the winter coat and slathering on the sunscreen, read up about some common summertime scams, and be on the watch for those that might be targeting you. Concert and Festival Tickets Food, fun and music just go together during the summer months. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing plenty of postings for food, art and music events on various...

Manchester Tank and Equipment’s to create 175 jobs with expansion to Campbellsville facility

Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., a division of McWane Inc., plans to locate a $10-million-plus propane tank manufacturing facility in Campbellsville, a project expected to create 175 full-time jobs in the coming years. “This new facility in Campbellsville will contribute significantly to the continued growth and success of Manchester Tank,” said Ruffner Page, CEO and president of McWane, Inc....

BBB Trends: Dreamers welcomed; SBA says small businesses create 2-of-3 new jobs each year in U.S.

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the United States each year, according to the Small Business Administration -— just one of many examples of the way small businesses have been positively impacting our economy for decades. It was in 1963 that the United States Administration set aside an entire week to recognize small businesses; since then,...

Bevin touts strength, growth, cites ‘Blueprint for Better KY’ in State of Commonwealth address

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “The State of the Commonwealth is strong, very strong,” Gov. Matt Bevin said during his annual State of the Commonwealth address, delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday night. 
Bevin described progress from seven items from the “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” he handed out during his first such address in 2016. 
The first point was enacting...

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...

Unemployment rate unchanged for October; holding at 4.5% according to state Center for Statistics

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The jobless rate was unchanged from September and was down 0.1 from the 4.6 percent recorded for October 2017. A total of 1,590 were added to the civilian labor...

Anna Baumann: New report shows Kentucky’s tax system contributes to increased income inequality

In Kentucky, the income inequality that exists between our poorest and wealthiest residents is magnified by the structure of our tax system. And thanks to the new tax law enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, that problem is getting worse. Income inequality is soaring in an economy where the winners increasingly take all. The wealthiest 1 percent of Kentuckians make 94 times more a year on average...

David Adkisson: Ky’s pro-growth policies create more jobs, high incomes, business confidence

Two recent studies conducted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce show that business confidence is growing among Kentucky business leaders and that Kentucky is growing faster in jobs, incomes, and population than most of its bordering states. The Chamber believes that recent pro-growth policy changes in Kentucky (for example, Kentucky moving this year from ranking 33rd to 23rd among states in our tax...

Mayfield Consumer Products plans $8.3 million expansion to Graves County manufacturing facility

Branded candle and home fragrance manufacturer Mayfield Consumer Products LLC announced this week plans to add a facility and expand an existing building in Graves County with more than $8.3 million in investment that will create 52 full-time jobs. “We are excited about the growth that MCP has been blessed with,” said Troy Propes, CEO of MCP. “It’s a reflection of the dedicated employees that...