unemployment http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-unemployment-increases-compared-2012 <p>The unemployment rate has risen over the past year in 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.</p><p>Data released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says that the unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent, up .3 percent over 7.4 percent last year.</p><p>The hardest hit counties are in Eastern Kentucky, with Leslie County having the state's highest jobless rate at 16.4 percent.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:34:33 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8031 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012 Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-jobless-rate-drops-pre-recession-level <p>Indiana's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.5 percent, marking its lowest level since late 2008 as the recession deepened.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point for October.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s nearly a full point lower than the 8.4 percent rate in June and July.</span></p><p>Indiana's jobless rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 7.3 percent. The new report shows nearly 223,000 people were looking for jobs last month in Indiana.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:59:48 +0000 Associated Press 7659 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Jobless Rate Drops to Pre-Recession Level Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in October http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-jobless-rate-rose-slightly-october <p>Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched upward again, rising to 8.4 percent in October.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The jobless rate went up one-tenth of a point from September.</span></p><p>The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training blames the increase in part on the partial federal government shutdown as well as baby boomer retirements.</p><p>The government shutdown resulted in the temporary furloughs of many federal employees and contractors. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:35:48 +0000 Rick Howlett 7642 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in October Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rises Again in July http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-jobless-rate-rises-again-july <p>Kentucky's unemployment rate rose slightly in July as the state's civilian labor force shrank, marking the third straight monthly increase in the jobless rate.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov/gsipub/index.asp?docid=489">Office of Employment and Training</a> says the statewide rate rose to 8.5 percent, &nbsp;up &nbsp;from 8.4 percent in June.</p><p>The jobless rate has risen every month since April, when unemployment stood at 7.9 percent.</p><p>The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in July, down from 7.6 percent the prior month.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:59:34 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 6476 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rises Again in July Indiana Jobs Panel Would Target Veterans' Unemployment http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-jobs-panel-would-target-veterans-unemployment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indiana legislative leaders say they want a proposed statewide career council to include efforts to reduce the state's high jobless rate among military veterans.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:59:38 +0000 Associated Press 3947 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Jobs Panel Would Target Veterans' Unemployment Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment http://wfpl.org/post/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 http://wfpl.org Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment Kentucky's Jobless Rate Fell Slightly in December http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-jobless-rate-fell-slightly-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 http://wfpl.org Jobless Rates Fall in 99 Kentucky Counties http://wfpl.org/post/jobless-rates-fall-99-kentucky-counties <p>Kentucky state government officials say <a href="http://kylmi.ky.gov/">jobless rates </a>improved in 99 counties in November but worsened in 20 others.</p> <p>The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reports that Woodford County kept its status as the place with the lowest jobless rate in the state at 5.4 percent. Scott County had the second lowest rate at 5.9 percent. And Fayette, Franklin, Oldham and Union counties were at 6 percent.</p> <p>Magoffin County had the worst unemployment at 15.1 percent. Fulton County was a close second at 15 percent.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:55:22 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 3122 at http://wfpl.org Jobless Rates Fall in 99 Kentucky Counties Kentucky Job Market Numbers Rising http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-job-market-numbers-rising Kentucky’s labor market numbers are returning to pre-recession levels.<p> Office of Employment andTraining Economist Manoj Shanker says Kentucky is now adding about 5,800 jobs each month. Shanker says one reason employers are hiring right now is because wages are low.<p> “Retail jobs and warehousing jobs have gone up. That’s because the wages have fallen a lot. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:09:36 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Angela Hatton 3055 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Job Market Numbers Rising Louisville Metro Jobless Rate Up Slightly http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-jobless-rate-slightly <p>The unemployment rate in the Louisville metro area increased to 8.3 percent in the month of June, which is a slight uptick, according to the Kentucky Office Of Employment &amp; Training.</p><p>The numbers released Thursday show the jobless rate was 8.1 percent in May, but that unemployment is down significantly when compared to the 9.9 percent rate last year. Statistics in the report cover the 13-county metropolitan statistical area that includes surrounding Kentucky counties and Southern Indiana. It shows approximately 53,700 people are unemployed.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:22:24 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1132 at http://wfpl.org