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Kentucky unemployment rate rises by 3.1 percent in August; state jobless rate now at 7.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2020 unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary August 2020 jobless rate was up 3.1 percentage points from July 2020 and up 3.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S....

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...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises to 4.4 percent in seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2019 data

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

Kentucky unemployment rate for October up a tick from previous month’s figure, but lower than last year

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for October 2016 was 5.1 percent from a revised 5 percent in September 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary October 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.5 percent rate recorded for the state in October...

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate for 2015 fell to 5.4 percent, ties lowest mark since 2007

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in 2015 from 6.5 percent in 2014, while nonfarm employment gained 27,700 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2007 when it was also 5.4 percent. “At 5.4 percent, Kentucky’s unemployment...

Unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.9 percent; labor market greatly improved in ’15

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for November was 4.9 percent, remaining unchanged from the revised 4.9 percent rate in October, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary November 2015 jobless rate was 0.6 percentage points below the 5.5 percent rate recorded for the...

Beshear celebrates ‘national championship’ of economic development, tips hat to Lexington

  Joined by community officials, Gov. Steve Beshear stopped in at Xerox in Lexington today to show off yet another addition to the state’s trophy case: the Governor’s Cup from Site Selection magazine. The award is presented each year to the top state for economic development projects per capita.   “When the University of Kentucky Wildcats won the men’s basketball national...

State’s unemployment rate drops once again; 5.1 percent in March lowest rate in 13 years

Kentucky’s unemployment rate continues to drop. The seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2015 unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2001 when it was 5 percent.   Kentucky’s figure is below the national rate for the eighth month in a row, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   “The...

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 October unemployment rate shows biggest one-month decrease since 1976

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in October 2014 at 6.2 percent from a revised 6.7 percent in September 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in the unemployment rate since 1976,...

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties for the first time since records kept

For the first time on record, unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2013 and August 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   “The underlying message is that we have left the recession behind. That doesn’t mean unemployment rates will decrease each month in all 120...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops below
8 percent for first time since November 2008

For the first time in more than four years, Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent to 7.9 percent in January 2013, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The revised December 2012 state rate was 8 percent.   Kentucky’s unemployment rate has not been below 8 percent...