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Kentucky jobless rate increases slightly from a year ago; November unemployment rate at 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in November 2018. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

Kentucky’s jobless rate dips to 4.9 percent in October, the lowest rate in more than 14 years

Kentucky’s preliminary October 2015 unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent from a seasonally adjusted 5 percent in September 2015 – the lowest it’s been since May 2001 – according to the Office of Employment and Training. The state rate in October 2015 was 0.7 percent below the 5.6 percent rate recorded in October 2014. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5 percent in...

Kentucky jobless rate plunges to 5.2 percent, remains below U.S. rate for seventh month

Kentucky’s February 2015 unemployment rate* plunged to 5.2 percent, the lowest rate since November 2004, and remained below the national rate, according to the Office of Employment and Training. The state’s rate fell from the revised January 2015 rate of 5.5 percent and was 2.1 percentage points below the 7.3 percent recorded in February 2014.   The U.S. jobless rate of 5.5 percent for...

Kentucky’s annual jobless rate plunges to 6.5% in 2014; lowest annual rate in six years

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate plunged to 6.5 percent in 2014 from 8 percent in 2013 – the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2008 when it was a pre-recession 6.4 percent.   “Kentucky’s labor market has finally brushed off the last remaining drag from the Great Recession,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the state’s Office of Employment and Training.   The...

Kentucky’s jobless rate plummets to 6.7%; represents biggest one-month drop since 1976

Kentucky’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September, falling from a revised 7.1 percent in August to 6.7 percent in September.   It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted. And it is the lowest rate for the state since July 2008 when it was 6.6 percent, which was...