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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...

State releases unemployment data for February 2019; rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties in past year

Unemployment rates fell in 108 Kentucky counties between February 2018 and February 2019, rose in seven, 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. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.2 percent;...

New apprenticeship program for nursing aides to further enhance care at veteran homes in Kentucky

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) Secretary Derrick Ramsey and Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) Commissioner Ben Adams today signed an agreement to create a nurse assistant state registered apprenticeship program within long-term care facilities dedicated to providing healthcare services to veterans. Nurse Assistant State Registered (NASR) are nursing aides who...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases February unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2019 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for February 2019 was down from the 4.2 percent reported for January 2019. The preliminary February 2019 jobless rate was down 0.2 percentage points from...

KentuckyWorks Collaborative sets first meeting for Feb. 28 at Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort

The first meeting of the KentuckyWorks Collaborative is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Eastern time at the Kentucky Historical Society at 100 W. Broadway in Frankfort. Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide...

Kentucky partners with Hamilton-Ryker to create new apprenticeship programs in Lexington

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) along with Hamilton-Ryker in Lexington has announced the creation of new manufacturing and IT apprenticeship programs. As a program sponsor and intermediary, Hamilton-Ryker’s “TalentGro” offers Registered Apprenticeships that will serve as a pipeline in both manufacturing and IT. With over 20 different paid apprenticeship roles, apprentices...

Education & Workforce Development Cabinet launches state’s first interactive workforce dashboard

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched the state’s first interactive workforce dashboard in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB). The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Dashboard is an interactive tool designed to display near real-time workforce information for Kentucky’s 10 LWDAs....

Bevin signs order consolidating adult education services, WIOA partners under one agency

In an effort to align the state’s workforce resources, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order placing adult education services within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Kentucky’s adult education services play a key role in helping Kentuckians become college and career ready by preparing individuals for the GED high school equivalency test, postsecondary education...

KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and KWIB establishes KentuckyWorks Collaborative

Gov. Matt Bevin, in partnership with the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) and the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB), signed an executive order establishing the KentuckyWorks Collaborative to guide the Commonwealth’s workforce efforts through statewide implementation of KWIB’s strategic plan, Kentucky Work Ready: An Urgent Call to Action. “The creation of the...

State releases unemployment data for November; for first time, no county exceeds 10 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 107 Kentucky counties between November 2017 and November 2018, rose in nine, and stayed the same in four counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. For the first time since October 2000, Kentucky did not have any counties with an unemployment rate of 10 percent or above. Woodford...

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...

Kentucky librarians awarded Library Science Tuition Scholarship for spring 2019 semester

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, in partnership with the Kentucky State Board of Certifications of Librarians, has awarded the Library Science Tuition Scholarship to 12 public library professionals for the spring 2019 semester. Kentucky law requires public libraries to be staffed by personnel certified by the Kentucky State Board for the Certification of Librarians. In an effort...

Dataseam creates two-year apprenticeship program to serve as pipeline to multiple professional areas

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Deputy Secretary Josh Benton has joined officials from Dataseam of Louisville in Whitley County to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program. This two-year Registered Apprenticeship will serve as a pipeline to space science, state/local government, banking and financial services. Through this paid apprenticeship opportunity, students...

Derrick Ramsey: Enhancing Kentucky’s workforce through apprenticeship; get Work Ready Skills

As Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, I am committed to finding new ways to help ensure Kentuckians are equipped with the necessary skills, education and training they need to continue enhancing the state’s workforce. Traveling across the Commonwealth, I consistently hear from parents and students about the rising cost of education. At the same time, local business...

OVR awarded $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees retain jobs

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration grant to develop a pilot...

Unemployment rates fall in 115 Kentucky counties in past year; Boone, Campbell, Woodford at 3.1 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 115 Kentucky counties between August 2017 and August 2018, rose in Owen, Monroe and Metcalfe counties, and stayed the same in Nelson and Lyon counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Boone, Campbell and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in Kentucky at 3.1 percent each....

Clay, Livingston counties certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress

Gov. Matt Bevin announced this week that Clay and Livingston Counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress. “Everything we aspire to economically is contingent on our communities having a skilled workforce that is ready and able to fulfill the needs of employers,” Bevin said. “Earning the Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification gives counties a competitive...