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3:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in October

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Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched upward again, rising to 8.4 percent in October.

The jobless rate went up one-tenth of a point from September.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training blames the increase in part on the partial federal government shutdown as well as baby boomer retirements.

The government shutdown resulted in the temporary furloughs of many federal employees and contractors.  

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2:59 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rises Again in July

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.

The Office of Employment and Training says the statewide rate rose to 8.5 percent,  up  from 8.4 percent in June.

The jobless rate has risen every month since April, when unemployment stood at 7.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in July, down from 7.6 percent the prior month.

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11:55 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Jobless Rates Fall in 99 Kentucky Counties

Kentucky state government officials say jobless rates improved in 99 counties in November but worsened in 20 others.

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.

Magoffin County had the worst unemployment at 15.1 percent. Fulton County was a close second at 15 percent.

Local News
4:09 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kentucky Job Market Numbers Rising

Kentucky’s labor market numbers are returning to pre-recession levels.

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.

“Retail jobs and warehousing jobs have gone up. That’s because the wages have fallen a lot. So it doesn’t cost employers a lot to have people at the front lines working and selling things, especially during November and December,” Shanker said.