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Kentucky unemployment rate at 4.3 percent in October, drops slightly from September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The unemployment rate for October 2019 was down from the 4.4 percent reported for September 2019. The preliminary October 2019 jobless rate was unchanged compared to the...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet awards $2.6 million for dislocated West Ky. workers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced on Thursday that $2.6 million will be awarded to the West Kentucky Workforce Development Board to provide career and training services to employees impacted by closure of Briggs and Stratton. After three decades as the second-largest employer in Murray, Briggs and Stratton said in August that the company...

Unemployment rates rise in 99 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2018 and July 2019, fell in 15 and stayed the same in six 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 3.7 percent. It was followed by Boone County, 3.8 percent; Fayette County,...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises to 4.3 percent in seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2019 data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2019 was up from the 4.1 percent reported for June 2019. The preliminary July 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent...

EWDC to offer education, career counseling for employment seekers at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) invites Kentuckians seeking employment and educational opportunities to visit the EWDC booth at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The EWDC booth will be located in the South Wing on Main Street near the B107 entrance of the Kentucky State fair. The booth will highlight employment and adult educations services offered by the Kentucky Career...

Student entrepreneurs complete rigorous summer program with highly competitive Demo Day

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) hosted its annual Demo Day at Northern Kentucky University on July 13. Teams of Kentucky high school students developed business models, designed prototypes and pitched 18 startup ideas to an audience of more than 400 people. More than 300 high school students applied to participate in the GSE program that ran from June 23 until July 13, but only 72 students...

Unemployment rates drop in 55 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between June 2018 and June 2019, rose in 51 and stayed the same in 14 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 3.4 percent. It was followed by Boone, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties,...

Twenty local government agencies receive nearly $450,000 in grants from KDLA to preserve records

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced recipients of the Local Records Program grant funds to preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assist local agencies with records management through direct services,...

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood ‘ecstatic’ over successful ECI event hosted in Louisville last week

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI), an early childhood education and professional development networking event, was hosted by the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) last week at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville from June 19-21. The mission of the 2019 Early Childhood Institute was to empower professionals who shape the foundation to Kentucky’s youngest children and their...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2019 was unchanged from April 2019. The preliminary May 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in...

Newly certified professional environmental educators recognized at Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort

Twenty environmental educators from across the Commonwealth graduated from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s (KEEC) Professional Environmental Educator Certification (PEEC) program at a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Monday. KEEC, an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is one of only three national certification programs accredited...

Former Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon appointed Workforce Investment Commissioner

Former Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Lana Gordon has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) effective May 16. Under the leadership of EWDC Secretary Derrick Ramsey, Gordon will lead the Department of Workforce Investment, which coordinates the state’s workforce, employment and training...

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,...

Ky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2019 was unchanged from March 2019. The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

KET, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet unveil new resource to aid state’s demand for skilled workers

Kentucky’s workforce is ever changing. By the year 2020, it is projected that 63 percent of Kentucky jobs will require some postsecondary education or advanced training to meet workforce demands. Currently, Kentucky is facing a shortage of highly skilled workers to fill the approximately 115,000 open jobs available in the Commonwealth. To help address Kentucky’s workforce demands, KET and the Kentucky...

Students recognized at 12th annual KGHS/KY NEED Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Lexington

More than 100 Kentucky students and teachers were recognized at the 12th annual Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Lexington on April 25 hosted by the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS) program and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development (KY NEED) project. As an initiative within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, KGHS is a program of the Kentucky Environmental...

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...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs selects 72 high school students for program at NKU this summer

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has announced 72 high school students have been selected to participate in the 2019 GSE program at Northern Kentucky University from June 23 – July 13. GSE brings together high school students from across Kentucky, immersing them in a creative space during a three-week residential program...