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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...

Kentucky’s 2017 corporate investment hits $9.2 billion creating 17,200 jobs; highest mark in 17 years

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky has announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April sees slight increase

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in March 2017. The preliminary April 2017 jobless rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than...

‘End Panhandling Now’ van to offer ride, job to those asking for help, Mayor Gray announces

Mayor Jim Gray is offering a hand up directly to those asking for a hand out on Lexington’s street corners with an “End Panhandling Now!” van that will travel Lexington streets, offering a ride and a job to those who want an opportunity to work and earn. The van will be operated by New Life Day Center. With approval from the Urban County Council, the City plans to donate the van to the organization....

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties last year; Woodford, Oldham, Fayette lead the way

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between January 2016 and January 2017, rose in 23 and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.6 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent;...

AT&T looking to fill full- and part-time jobs across Kentucky with competitive wages

AT&T is hiring for nearly 70 jobs across Kentucky, looking for skilled Kentuckians to help meet growing consumer demands for modern technologies and high-speed connectivity. The positions are for retail associates and for technical positions. “It is great to see jobs being created – and especially the high-skill jobs that are helping to provide Kentuckians with the modern communications services...

Youth Employment applications for summer jobs available online starting in February

  Young people between the ages of 14-17 years old who need summer jobs can apply to the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, beginning February 1.   Applications will be available online here to fill 225 summer job openings. The deadline to apply and submit documentation is 4 p.m. Feb. 27.   The program is open to 14- to 17-year-old Fayette County residents who are eligible to...

Tiffany & Co. adding 75 jobs in Lexington, making April one of strongest for job growth

Tiffany & Co. is adding 75 additional jobs at its Lexington facility, making April one of the strongest months for jobs announcements in recent history in Fayette County, Mayor Jim Gray said today.   “We’ve had a great couple of weeks in terms of good new jobs coming into our city and into the Bluegrass, both in terms of the number of jobs and the quality of jobs,” Gray said. “Today...