economy http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-immigrants-are-likelier-have-college-degree-us-born-kentucky-residents <p>A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than&nbsp;Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a <a href="http://kypolicy.org/dash/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/New-Americans-in-Kentucky-2.pdf">study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:13:50 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9706 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/immigration-reform-would-help-kentucky-report-says <p>Kentucky’s economy would benefit from comprehensive immigration reform, according to a report on immigration's impact on the state.</p><p>The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy last week released its report on "New Americans in Kentucky."</p><p>Kentucky’s immigrant population grew faster than all but six states from 2000 to 2012, the report said.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:46:58 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9715 at http://wfpl.org Immigration Reform Would Help Kentucky, Report Says Kentucky Is Growing In Jobs, But Not In Wages, Study Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-growing-jobs-not-wages-study-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most regions of Kentucky are adding jobs, but most of those jobs don't pay very much, according to a recent analysis of the state's economy by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.</span></p><p>University of Louisville economist Paul Coomes said four of the state's nine regions are above the national average in terms of job growth. But the average pay per job in all nine regions was lower than the national average.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:09:52 +0000 Associated Press 9658 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Is Growing In Jobs, But Not In Wages, Study Says Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-new-list-peer-cities-now-includes-st-louis-oklahoma-city <p>The list of cities Louisville business and government leaders utilize to gauge the city’s socio-economic progress is getting bigger.</p><p>City officials will utilize the updated list of peer cities for the next decade as an agenda is developed to spark job growth and educational development.</p><p>Christen Boone is the director of the <a href="http://greaterlouisvilleproject.org/">Greater Louisville Project</a>, which updated the list.&nbsp;&nbsp; She said the list is not meant to provide a list of city blueprints from which to copy.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:18:04 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9202 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City 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 Study: A Louisville Family of Four Needs $61,171 Per Year to 'Get By' http://wfpl.org/post/study-louisville-family-four-needs-61171-year-get <p>The federal government has a figure for how much it takes to not live in poverty—for a family of four, it's $23,550. That's the federal poverty level.</p><p>It's useful information for determining who is eligible for certain benefits.</p><p>But anyone who has read finance news in the past five years know that &nbsp;even people who aren't at risk of being in poverty (as defined by the government) are struggling. After all, some family out there are earning $23,551—and making twice that is still less than $50,000.</p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6178 at http://wfpl.org Study: A Louisville Family of Four Needs $61,171 Per Year to 'Get By' Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Lacks Stability Even After Deep Cuts Start on Monday http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-child-care-subsidy-lacks-stability-even-after-deep-cuts-start-monday <p>Drastic cuts to a Kentucky program that offers financial assistance for child care costs to low-income working families go into effect Monday with little hope of full restoration anytime soon.</p><p>In fact, the state official whose agency administers the subsidy said it's still not exactly stable—that's because the program is based on projections that could change if demand is higher than expected among those who still qualify. Plus, the program depends on state and federal budgets—each of which can fluctuate in the future.</p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:01:15 +0000 Joseph Lord 5956 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Lacks Stability Even After Deep Cuts Start on Monday Economic Growth Picked Up Slightly In Third Quarter http://wfpl.org/post/economic-growth-picked-slightly-third-quarter The U.S. economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Economic Analysis says</a>.<p>That follows growth (at annual rates) of 1.3 percent in the second quarter and 2 percent in the first.<p>At 2 percent, the third-quarter estimate is a bit better than the 1.8 percent that economists were expecting, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-26/u-s-stock-futures-drop-as-apple-earnings-miss-estimates.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg News says</a>. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:56:51 +0000 Mark Memmott 2188 at http://wfpl.org Economic Growth Picked Up Slightly In Third Quarter Kentucky Unemployment Rate Stays Flat at 8.2 Percent http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-unemployment-rate-stays-flat-82-percent <p><a href="http://www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov/cgi/dataanalysis/labForceReport.asp?menuchoice=LABFORCE">The latest numbers</a> show Kentucky&#39;s unemployment rate staying flat from May to June.</p><p>The Office of Employment and Training says the jobs rate remained at 8.2 percent, which matches the national jobless figure.</p><p>This ends a long trend of monthly declines in the unemployment rate. The rate was 8.8 at the beginning of this year, and 9.6 in June of last year.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:09:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1064 at http://wfpl.org First Data Will Lay Off 344 Workers in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/first-data-will-lay-344-workers-louisville <p>More than 300 Louisville call center workers will lose their jobs in the coming months.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:03:26 +0000 Gabe Bullard 755 at http://wfpl.org