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Unemployment rates rise in every Kentucky county during past year; Magoffin highest at 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2019 and August 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5 percent. It was followed by Carlisle and Cumberland counties, 5.2 percent each; Washington County, 5.4 percent;...

Unemployment rates rise in 109 Kentucky counties in past year; Magoffin jobless rate at 15.3 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between July 2019 and July 2020, fell in 10 and stayed the same in Carlisle County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.2 percent. It was followed by Carlisle and Pendleton counties, 4.5...

Kim Buckler Hydes: Tourism is an investment in economic recovery, both nationally and in Kentucky

Tourism was hit first and hit hardest by the economic impact of the coronavirus. Travel industry losses will exceed any other sector. Nationally, they are expected to be nine times the losses after 9/11, with a total economic damage of more than $1.2 trillion. That also translates into more than $50 billion in reduced tax revenue. In Kentucky, 75 percent of workers in our industry were laid off or...

Unemployment rates rise in 117 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 117 Kentucky counties between March 2019 and March 2020, fell in one (Crittenden County) and stayed the same in two (Owen and Robertson counties), according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.1 percent. It was followed...

Unemployment rates rise in 59 Kentucky counties during past year; Oldham has lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 59 Kentucky counties between February 2019 and February 2020, fell in 48 and stayed the same in 13 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.9 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 3 percent; Fayette...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 56 Kentucky counties in past year, drop in 46 others

Unemployment rates rose in 56 Kentucky counties between December 2018 and December 2019, fell in 46 and stayed the same in 18 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.7 percent each. It was followed by Fayette, Shelby, and Woodford...

Commentary: Family farmers speak out against family separation bill, other impacts of SB1

By Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall Special to KyForward We are Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall, a husband and wife team running a mid-sized diversified farm in Oldham County. As small business owners, farmers, and employers we are deeply concerned about the impact that Senate Bill 1 could have on the immigrant employees who make our business a success. As many Kentucky farmers know, immigrants not only provide...

LaGrange resident William ‘B.J.’ Senior elected as president of Campbellsville Board of Alumni

William “B.J.” Senior, a resident of LaGrange, has been elected as the 2019 president of the Campbellsville University Board of Alumni. The Board of Alumni is a group of Campbellsville graduates appointed to create an environment that keeps alumni connected with Campbellsville and to raise money for student scholarships. As president of the Board of Alumni, Senior will preside over the...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recognizes human services employees

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff from across the state for their exemplary service to the commonwealth. The employees, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored at the Governor’s Mansion this week for leadership and accomplishments over the past year. CHFS Secretary Adam Meier told the honorees they...

Kentucky’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Jessica Dueñas is a force for Oldham County’s struggling students

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Jessica Dueñas is sure her father would have been proud. Dueñas’ father, Arcadio, died on April 27, less than three weeks before she was named the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. “In a joking manner, he always thought his kids were the best,” Dueñas said. “He would say something like, ‘Of course my daughter would have gotten this.’” Dueñas, a...

Paul Laurence Dunbar music instructor Tiffany Marsh named state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marsh, a vocal music teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar, is Kentucky’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was among three finalists for the overall statewide honor, which went to a special education teacher in Oldham County. Tiffany MarshCo-sponsors Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcements during a May 15 ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Lt....

Public Service Commission levies $395,000 fine on LG&E for Oldham County gas line rupture

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has fined Louisville Gas and Electric Co. (LG&E) $395,000 for a series of violations that led to the September 2014 rupture of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline in Goshen, Oldham County. The penalty is the largest ever assessed by the PSC in a natural gas safety case. The fact that the accident occurred in close proximity to homes, a school, and...

Community Foundation of Louisville reaches $500 million in assets, now among largest in nation

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016. Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of...

DOC signs agreement with CoreCivic to transfer 800 inmates to Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville

Faced with aging facilities and a growing inmate population, the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has signed an agreement with CoreCivic that will help address those long-standing challenges while providing the highest level of inmate safety, public oversight, and accountability. The agreement will allow DOC to transfer approximately 800 inmates to the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville within...

Oldham County is the healthiest in Kentucky, according to new County Health Rankings

Oldham County ranks healthiest in Kentucky, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.   “This report demonstrates public health successes and highlights opportunities for improvement in counties across the commonwealth,” said Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie...

Nine Ky. public school districts made third annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Fayette County Public Schools is among nine Kentucky public districts and more than 500 others nationwide and in Canada to make the third annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.   These districts were noted for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Achieving both goals is the ideal scenario...