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Unemployment rates drop in 85 Kentucky counties during past year; Fayette, Oldham top list

Unemployment rates fell in 85 Kentucky counties between October 2018 and October 2019, rose in 24 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. Fayette and Oldham counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed by Boone and Woodford...

More than 1/3 of Kentucky students in violation of required hepatitis A shots; immunizations fall short

More than a third of students in Kentucky schools are in violation of the year-old state law requiring them to be vaccinated for the liver disease hepatitis A, according to the annual report by the state Department for Public Health on student immunizations. “While hepatitis A rates were the lowest of all required vaccines, they reflect a broader trend: Kentucky students still aren’t getting...

Bevin, KYTC announce $70 million construction project to continue Mountain Parkway expansion

Gov. Matt Bevin joined local elected officials in Magoffin County on Friday to announce the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will begin construction in August on the newest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion, continuing a major corridor expansion to benefit Eastern Kentucky. The more than $70 million construction project will widen and improve a crash-prone section of the parkway near...

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,...

‘True mountain boy,’ 22-months-old, missing since Mother’s Day in rugged E.Ky. terrain, is found alive

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today HUEYSVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The 22-month-old boy who had been missing since the evening of Mother’s Day was found safe Wednesday afternoon after a frantic three days of searching. 
Kenneth Howard, whose parents said toddler who walked away from his house four days ago, was found on a 50-foot cliff along Raccoon Road in Hueysville, according to Magoffin Rescue Squad...

Study shows children in Central, Eastern Kentucky more likely to face hunger than overall population

God’s Pantry Food Bank announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America on food insecurity and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. It is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the local level. Map the Meal Gap 2019 reveals that food insecurity exists in every county in God’s Pantry Food Bank service area. It also...

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...

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;...

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...

Unemployment rates drop in 90 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford best at 3 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between September 2017 and September 2018, rose in 23, and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, 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 Campbell County, 3.1 percent; Boone,...

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....

KyCIR: Supposedly antiquated practice of vote-buying remains alive and well around Kentucky

By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Three weeks before primary election day in 1987, the fixer crammed cases of beer into the back of his car and threw a party behind his house in eastern Kentucky. His purpose: to lock up the votes of the 30 or so men and women who attended. Another day, the fixer went looking for a hunting and fishing crony who could be counted on to haul voters...

Major Mountain Parkway restaurant row project in Salyersville nears start of construction

The first extension of the Mountain Parkway in more than a half century will begin soon as contractors start to widen the roadway through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row. The 2.4-mile project will improve safety and ease mobility through the busiest and most visible stretch of roadway along the Mountain Parkway corridor. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a construction contract...