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Kentucky unemployment rate at 4.3 percent in October, drops slightly from September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The unemployment rate for October 2019 was down from the 4.4 percent reported for September 2019. The preliminary October 2019 jobless rate was unchanged compared to the...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises to 4.4 percent in seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2019 data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for August 2019 was up from the 4.3 percent reported for July 2019. The preliminary August 2019 jobless rate was unchanged from the 4.4 percent recorded...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises to 4.3 percent in seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2019 data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2019 was up from the 4.1 percent reported for June 2019. The preliminary July 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June at 4.1 percent, a slight increase from May’s jobless figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 2019 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2019 was up from the 4 percent reported for May 2019. The preliminary June 2019 jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2019 was unchanged from April 2019. The preliminary May 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in...

Ky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for April 2019 was unchanged from March 2019. The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2019 unemployment rate at 4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for March 2019 was down from the 4.1 percent reported for February 2019. The preliminary March 2019 jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from the 4.3...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2019 unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2019 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for January 2019 was down from the 4.3 percent reported for December 2018. The preliminary January 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from...

KentuckyWired construction utilizing Kentuckians as 80 percent of work performed by local labor

When the KentuckyWired broadband project began building its 3,350-mile network of high-speed fiber optic cable, the Commonwealth ensured that at least 60 percent of work-hours used for construction would be from local labor, and included that requirement in the state’s contract with its builder. Three years into the project that promise has not only been kept, but exceeded. The latest report from...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary Dec. unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2018 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for December 2018 was down from the 4.5 percent reported for November 2018. The preliminary December 2018 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from...

OVR awarded $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees retain jobs

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration grant to develop a pilot...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases July 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July was up from the 4.2 percent reported for June. The preliminary July 2018 jobless rate was down 0.7 percentage points from the 5 percent recorded for the state in July...

Kentucky receives two federal grants totaling $1.95M to assist veterans, transitioning service members

As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members. Kentucky is one of 11 member states in the Occupational Licensing Policy...

Latest KYSTATS report shows slight increase in unemployment across Kentucky in May

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2018 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The unemployment rate for May 2018 was up from the 4 percent reported for April 2018. The preliminary May 2018 jobless rate was down 1 percentage point from the 5.1 percent recorded for the state in May 2017. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases May 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2018 unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2018 was up from the 4 percent reported for April 2018. The preliminary May 2018 jobless rate was down 1 percentage point from the 5.1 percent recorded...

The Rural Blog: U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says farmworker visa program to be overhauled

The departments of Labor, Agriculture, State and Homeland Security will modernize the H-2A visa program that brings in foreign farmworkers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. Farmers have been struggling to find enough workers since the Trump administration cracked down on illegal immigration; more than 55 percent of California farmers surveyed in March said half their land...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet April unemployment report remains steady at four percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2018 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for April 2018 was unchanged from the 4 percent reported for March 2018. The preliminary April 2018 jobless rate was down 1.2 percentage points from the 5.2 percent recorded for the state in April 2017. The U.S....

Bevin unveils final report of Kentucky Work Matters Task Force, signs groundbreaking executive order

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday was joined by federal and state officials at The Council of State Governments national headquarters in Lexington for the unveiling of the final report of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force. Established by Bevin last summer, this group has worked to identify tangible actions to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities,...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases January 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for January 2018 was down from the revised 4.5 percent reported for December 2017. The preliminary January 2018 jobless rate was down 0.9 percentage points from the 5.2 percent recorded for the state in January...

Kentucky unemployment drops to lowest level since Dec. 2002 as more people enter state’s workforce

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for December 2017 was down from the revised 4.7 percent reported for November 2017. The preliminary December 2017 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.8 percent recorded for the state in December...