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Unemployment rates rise in 104 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 13.9 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 104 Kentucky counties between November 2019 and November 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Todd County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.5 percent; Henry and Logan counties, 3.6 percent each; Carlisle,...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties during past year

Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between October 2019 and October 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Todd County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.6 percent. It was followed by Cumberland and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Carlisle County, 4.9 percent;...

UK Cooperative Extension Service readily offers assistance with local food distribution programs

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Staff with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are working with local partners to help some of the most vulnerable members in their communities find food during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In smaller counties that are pressed for resources, it’s important that extension readily partners with other community organizations to serve local vulnerable...

Murray State Department of Music will host 13th Fall Fanfare concert Sept. 21 in Lovett Auditorium

The Murray State University Department of Music will host the 13th annual Fall Fanfare concert on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The annual event raises money to fund scholarships for music students and features the Murray State orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, flute quartet, concert band, jazz combos, marching band and more. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, while children...

Aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. breaks ground on $305 million aluminum processing facility in Guthrie

Automotive industry aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. broke ground this week on a new $305 million processing plant in Todd County, which will create 125 full-time jobs producing automotive-grade aluminum sheeting. Work began today on construction of Novelis’ 400,000-square-foot facility on a 150-acre greenfield site in Guthrie. Once complete, the company will heat treat and pre-heat rolled aluminum...

Novelis Inc. build new $305 million aluminum processing plant in Todd County, create 125 jobs

Aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. has announced a nearly $305 million investment in Todd County with plans for a new processing plant in Guthrie to produce automotive-grade sheet and creating 125 new jobs. “We are excited to see Novelis, a leader in the global aluminum industry, expand its Kentucky presence and bring new advanced-manufacturing jobs to Todd County,” said Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday. “Partnering...

Rural Blog: The Afternoon Rita Sue Jenkins Died illustrates need for better rural services

Special to KyForward   The need for better emergency services in rural areas is illustrated in the tragic story of Rita Sue Jenkins. The Western Kentucky woman lived just four miles from an ambulance station in the small county seat of Elkton. But when her family called 911 on March 24, it took the ambulance 43 minutes to get there. She never made it to the hospital, dying five minutes later in...