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Kentucky unemployment rate in December rises 0.3 percent; state jobless rate now at 6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2020 unemployment rate was 6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2020 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage points from November 2020 and up 1.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 1.7 percent in November; jobless rate now at 5.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2020 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2020 jobless rate was down 1.7 percentage points from October 2020 and up 1.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.8 percent in October; jobless rate now at 7.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2020 unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary October 2020 jobless rate was up 1.8 percentage points from September 2020 and up 3.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Amy McGrath: We can rebuild Kentucky even stronger, but first there must be positive change

Over the last two weeks in Kentucky, we have had our two highest weekly coronavirus case counts yet. Meanwhile, nationwide, we are again seeing more than 60,000 cases a day on average. Economically, our true unemployment rate in Kentucky seems to be over 10%. Compared to other wealthy countries, our inability to control this virus and help our citizens who are struggling is staggering. When I pressed...

Jobless rate in Kentucky drops 1.9 percent in September; unemployment rate now at 5.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September 2020 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary September 2020 jobless rate was down 1.9 percentage points from August 2020 and up 1.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.3 percent in July; state jobless number now at 5.7 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2020 unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary July 2020 jobless rate was up 1.3 percentage points from June 2020 and up 1.4 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S....

Kentucky unemployment rate in June drops 6.6 percent from May; state jobless rate at 4.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 2020 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary June 2020 jobless rate was down 6.6 percentage points from May 2020 and equaled the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless...

Kentucky unemployment rate at 11 percent in May; jobless rate drops 5.6 percent from April numbers

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2020 unemployment rate was 11 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary May 2020 jobless rate was down 5.6 percentage points from April 2020 and up 6.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in May 2019. The U.S. seasonally...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.6 percent in March; jobless rate 5.8 percent in wake of COVID-19

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2020 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary March 2020 jobless rate was up 1.6 percentage points from February 2020 and up 1.6 percentage points from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in March 2019. The...

February unemployment rate at 4.2 percent in Kentucky, down 0.1 percent from January

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2020 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary February 2020 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from January 2020 and unchanged from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in February 2019. The U.S....

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 0.1 percent in December; jobless rate now at 4.3 percent in state

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2019 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in November 2019. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

Investment in high-speed internet is transforming local economies in Eastern Kentucky Counties

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service It’s been five years since a rural phone cooperative in Eastern Kentucky completed the installation of super-fast, fiber-optic cables across two counties, giving every home and business in the region high-speed internet. Today, advocates say that $50 million investment has brought an influx of jobs to the region, mainly in tech support. Keith Gabbard is...

Kentucky unemployment rate remains at 4.4 percent in September, up slightly from same period in 2018

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary September 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS). The unemployment rate for September 2019 was unchanged from the 4.4 percent reported for August 2019. The preliminary September 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in September 2018. The U.S....

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 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...

Education & Workforce Development Cabinet launches state’s first interactive workforce dashboard

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) has launched the state’s first interactive workforce dashboard in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS) and Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB). The Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) Dashboard is an interactive tool designed to display near real-time workforce information for Kentucky’s 10 LWDAs....

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...

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases June 2018 unemployment data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 2018 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2018 was up from the 4.1 percent reported for May 2018. The preliminary June 2018 jobless rate was down 0.9 percentage points from the 5.1 percent recorded...