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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 March 2018 unemployment report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate was 4 percent, the lowest rate recorded for the state in the 42 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started providing data in 1976, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for March 2018 was down from the revised 4.1 percent reported for February 2018. The preliminary...

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 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...

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases October unemployment data

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for October 2017 was down from the revised 5.2 percent reported for September 2017. The preliminary October 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage...

Preliminary unemployment rate for Kentucky ticks slightly up in July to 5.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2017 was up 0.2 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in June 2017. The preliminary July 2017 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in May 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017. The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded...

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties last year; Woodford, Oldham, Fayette lead the way

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between January 2016 and January 2017, rose in 23 and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.6 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 3.9 percent;...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 4.8 percent in November 2016, lower than October figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for November 2016 was 4.8 percent from a revised 5.1 percent in October 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary November 2016 jobless rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the 5.6 percent rate recorded for the state in November...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 5 percent in September 2016, lower than national figures

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for September 2016 was 5 percent from a revised 4.9 percent in August 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary September 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.4 percent rate recorded for the state in September...

Unemployment rates down in 82 Kentucky counties in August; Woodford continues with lowest rate

Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between August 2015 and August 2016, rose in 36 and stayed the same in Montgomery and Wayne counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, 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 Oldham County, 3.1...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent in July 2016, down from same time last year

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for July 2016 dipped to 4.9 percent from a revised 5 percent in June 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary July 2016 jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in July 2015. The...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate drops to 5.3 percent in April, matching last year’s mark

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for April 2016 dropped to 5.3 percent from a revised 5.6 percent in March 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary April 2016 jobless rate was identical to the rate recorded for the state in April 2015. The U.S. seasonally adjusted...

Kentucky’s monthly unemployment rate unchanged in February but increases from same period last year

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February stayed at 5.8 percent from a revised 5.8 percent in January, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET). The preliminary February jobless rate was 0.5 percentage points above the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in February 2015. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2016 held at 4.9 percent,...

State unemployment rate fell for 92 counties over past 12 months, increased in 23 others

Unemployment rates fell in 92 Kentucky counties between November 2014 and November 2015, rose in 23 counties and remained the same in five, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Oldham and Spencer...