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MCC, WKCTC, Murray State sign partnership agreement for respiratory care program

Madisonville Community College, West Kentucky Community & Technical College and Murray State University have announced a formal partnership to expand MCC’s associate in applied science degree in respiratory care program into the Jackson Purchase area. The partnership, which is funded through a Delta Health Care Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will extend the reach of MCC’s...

Unemployment rates rise in 99 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates rose in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2018 and July 2019, fell in 15 and stayed the same in six 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 3.7 percent. It was followed by Boone County, 3.8 percent; Fayette County,...

Unemployment rates drop in 55 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford owns lowest jobless rate

Unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between June 2018 and June 2019, rose in 51 and stayed the same in 14 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 3.4 percent. It was followed by Boone, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties,...

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,...

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 report: December 2018 unemployment rates fall in 69 Kentucky counties from previous year

Unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between December 2017 and December 2018, rose in 38, 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. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.6 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 2.8...

Recent federal report shows continued improvement in workplace safety throughout Kentucky

Officials from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet applauded recent reports by the federal government that show continued improvement in workplace safety throughout Kentucky, including the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents recorded in more than two decades. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of recordable nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for all industries...

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....

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...