Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet en Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment <p></p><p>The number of Kentuckians receiving unemployment benefits has fallen to just over 68,000. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"That is down 57 percent from the high of 157,162 who received benefits in January of ’10.&nbsp; The monthly initial claims of 35,000 &nbsp;is the lowest number in four years," said Joe Meyer, &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Meyer testified this week before a Kentucky House committee.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:34:19 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 3891 at Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment Kentucky's Jobless Rate Fell Slightly in December Kentucky’s jobless rate dropped to 8.1 percent last month.<p> The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the unemployment rate for December 2012 was down from 8.2 percent in November and well below the 9 percent recorded in December of 2011.<p> According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the leisure and hospitality field grew by 1,100, jobs in the educational and health services rose by 500 and jobs in the informational and financial sectors grew by a total of 600.<p> Employment fields that posted job losses included mining and logging, manufacturing Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:41:27 +0000 Associated Press 3472 at