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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....

Labor Cabinet conducts 23 on-site consultative surveys, saves Kentucky employers $651,000

Last month, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet conducted 23 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys” for Kentucky employers – correcting 93 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,933 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $651,000 in potential enforcement penalties. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training,...

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent in 2017; lowest recorded level since 2000

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent. The U.S. annual...

Kentucky businesses set record low workplace injury rate, focus on creating culture of safety credited

By Alexandria Englen Special to the KyForward Officials from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet hailed recent reports by the federal government that show continued improvement in workplace safety in Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in the Commonwealth’s history. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky’s rate of recordable nonfatal...

Recent federal government report shows highest rate of workplace safety in Kentucky’s history

A recent report by the federal government shows continued improvement in workplace safety in Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in the Commonwealth’s history. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kentucky’s rate of recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses dropped to 3.4 per 100 full-time employees in 2016 –...

Owensboro electronics producer MPD, Inc. honored for more than 1.25 million accident-free work hours

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited MPD, Inc. in Owensboro Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,256,157 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “I want to congratulate MPD, Inc. on earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 1,256,157 hours without a lost-time...