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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 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...

Anna Baumann: New report shows Kentucky’s tax system contributes to increased income inequality

In Kentucky, the income inequality that exists between our poorest and wealthiest residents is magnified by the structure of our tax system. And thanks to the new tax law enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, that problem is getting worse. Income inequality is soaring in an economy where the winners increasingly take all. The wealthiest 1 percent of Kentuckians make 94 times more a year on average...