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Many Kentucky counties lack syringe exchanges; includes 20 most vulnerable to disease outbreaks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most Kentucky counties now have harm-reduction programs to fight drug abuse, but the coronavirus pandemic has slowed their expansion and complicated the work of their syringe exchanges. Still, they’ve all continued to offer some level of service during the pandemic. Sixty-three counties have harm-reduction programs, and one more is in the works, but that...

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,...

Cameron announces six randomly selected Kentucky counties to undergo post-primary election audits

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday announced six randomly selected Kentucky counties to undergo post-primary election audits. His Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will conduct independent inquiries to uncover any irregularities in the June 2020 primary election. “Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentuckians cast an unprecedented number of absentee ballots...

Annual unemployment rates fall in 62 Kentucky counties during 2019; Woodford lowest at 3.1 percent

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 62 Kentucky counties in 2019 compared to 2018, rose in 39 counties and stayed the same in 19 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2019 at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette...

Unemployment rates fall in 91 Ky. counties in past year; Woodford has lowest jobless rate (2.8 percent)

Unemployment rates fell in 91 Kentucky counties between May 2018 and May 2019, rose in 22 and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent. It was followed by Boone, Fayette and Oldham counties, 3.1...

Unemployment rates drop in 89 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford jobless rate at 2.7 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 89 Kentucky counties between April 2018 and April 2019, rose in 21 and stayed the same in 10 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 2.9 percent; Boone,...

Unemployment drops in 94 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford County has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 94 Kentucky counties between March 2018 and March 2019, rose in 19, and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3 percent. It was followed by Boone, Fayette, Oldham and Scott...

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 117 Ky counties during 2018, according to KYSTATS

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 117 Kentucky counties in 2018 compared to 2017, rose in Monroe and Owen counties and stayed the same in Metcalfe, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2018 at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties, 3.3 percent each; Boone...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 72 Kentucky counties in past year, drop in 37 others

Unemployment rates fell in 37 Kentucky counties between January 2018 and January 2019, rose in 72, 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. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.3 percent; Oldham...

Grimes urges Kentuckians to support Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl’s statewide food drive

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging Kentuckians to participate in the second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, a statewide food drive her office is hosting with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) now through Oct. 26. “More than 700,000 Kentuckians don’t always know where they will get their next meal,” said Grimes....

Kentucky private NPOs applying for physical damage disaster loans face June 11 deadline from SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private nonprofit organizations in Kentucky of the June 11 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by a severe storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred between Feb. 9-14, 2018. Private nonprofit organizations located in the following counties are eligible to apply: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill,...

Beshear: ‘Snapshots’ show partnerships have benefitted all 120 of Kentucky’s counties

To call attention to the partnerships that have enabled Kentucky’s communities to both survive the recession and come out of it poised to grow, Gov. Steve Beshear has released a “snapshot” of state investments in each of Kentucky’s counties over the last eight years. Fayette County Bourbon County Clark County Franklin County Madison County Scott County Woodford County The snapshots, available...

For third straight month, unemployment rates fall in all 120 Kentucky counties

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between October 2013 and October 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This is the third consecutive month that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties.   Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.1...