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Wright Concrete

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that Wright-Mix Material Solutions LLC will invest $8.5 million in a production facility at the river port in Wurtland, creating 130 full-time jobs.

“By expanding into a new location in Greenup County, Wright-Mix will grow its parent company’s home-state economic impact and employment while reaching new customers across Kentucky’s borders,” Gov. Bevin said.

Workplace Report

Gov. Matt Bevin and Kentucky Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey have filed a motion to dismiss the purely political, frivolous lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO and Teamsters challenging Kentucky’s Right-to-Work Act.

This lawsuit threatens to hurt Kentucky’s families, robbing them of high-paying job opportunities. The historic new law protects employees in the Commonwealth from being forced to pay union dues in order to keep their jobs.

WHAS

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the creation of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force at a press conference with federal and state officials and other special guests in the State Capitol Rotunda.

The new 23-member task force will bring together every department of state government that has a hand in workforce development with members of the private sector.

Their mission is to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and individuals burdened by substance abuse or criminal records.

Cerasis

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner unveiled an outreach campaign Wednesday (May 24) aimed at educating Kentuckians about the numerous job openings in the state and the short-term certification programs available to put citizens on a fast path to obtaining these jobs.

Announced during a news conference at the UPS WorldPort Global Operations Center in Louisville, Help Wanted Kentucky is a response to an increasing demand for skilled workers in five high-demand industries across Kentucky:

•Advanced Manufacturing

•Business and IT

Business Insider

Secretary Hal Heiner has announced that Ballard and Mason counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. Jackson, Meade and Owen counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress.

“I am excited to announce that we now have 37 counties that have achieved Work Ready Communities certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are 51 counties in progress to become Work Ready Communities,” Heiner said.

State Collaborative on Reforming Education

The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals for the Commonwealth’s new $100 million workforce bond program, has identified 21 projects for continued consideration for second-round funding. The committee plans to award about $34 million in the second round.

Public News Service

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $107,614.90 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers.

Unpaid overtime, withheld final paychecks, illegal deductions of pay and lower pay than the legal minimum wage requirement are among the types of wage and hour violations that the Cabinet prosecutes. Other examples include unpaid breaks, time-clock shaving, mandatory tip-pooling and prevailing wage violations.

bereaonline.com

 Seeking to lead by example and give convicted felons a chance at meaningful employment, Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order that removes questions about criminal history from the initial application for state jobs in the executive branch.

The order – known as the Fair Chance Employment Initiative –  means that applicants will not be required to check the box for criminal convictions on the initial state application.

wkyt.com

  Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was unchanged from November 2016 to December 2016 at 4.8 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary December 2016 jobless rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the 5.7 percent rate recorded for the state in December 2015.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for December 2016 was 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

United Academy

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for November 2016 was 4.8 percent from a revised 5.1 percent in October 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary November 2016 jobless rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the 5.6 percent rate recorded for the state in November 2015.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for November 2016 was 4.6 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jobs and Wages: Kentucky's Latest Trends

Oct 18, 2016
Reliable Plant

In the aggregate, data show that the American economy has made significant strides in recovering from the depths of the Great Recession.

Kentucky as a whole has shared in those gains, but whether specific individuals have benefited largely depends on where they live in the commonwealth and the type of work they do.

KY CIR

Gov. Matt Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner have announced the launch of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative.

This new $100 million statewide bond program is aimed at developing a highly trained, modernized workforce in the Commonwealth to meet the needs of employers and promote sustainable incomes for Kentuckians.

KY Forward

Executives from Superior Composites Co. LLC joined state economic development and local officials in Vanceburg this week to mark the start of a $2.5 million expansion. It is expected to create 32 new full-time jobs at the company’s glass reinforcements production facility.

The project comes less than a year after Superior Composites was spun off as an independent business and will position the company for long-term growth. The plant produces continuous filament glass fiber reinforcements and veils used in a variety of markets in the global composites industry.

KY Fame/National Network

One of the Commonwealth’s nationally recognized workforce training programs, the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), expanded to northeast Kentucky and the SOAR region, Governor Matt Bevin announced.

Through KY FAME, high school graduates and adults can earn an associate degree in advanced manufacturing while gaining hands-on, paid experience at a sponsoring manufacturer. The apprenticeship-style, education-and-training program addresses a need for more technically skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.

The Guardian

Governor Matt Bevin has announced that Mercer County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community, and Letcher, Lewis and Wayne counties have reached the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress level.

“I am excited to announce that we now have 68 counties that have achieved certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and there are several others in progress,” Governor Bevin said.

GreenTree Forest Products

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has announced that GreenTree Forest Products Inc., an Appalachian hardwoods producer in Wallingford, will add 10 full-time jobs with a $2.2 million investment for equipment upgrades at its Fleming County facility.

Amarillo

Unemployment rates rose in 109 Kentucky counties between December 2014 and December 2015, fell in six counties and remained the same in five, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent.  It was followed by Oldham County, 3.8 percent; Fayette and Spencer counties, 3.9 percent each; Shelby County, 4.1 percent; and Boone, Campbell, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Warren counties, 4.3 percent each.

Business Insider

Unemployment rates fell in 118 Kentucky counties between June 2014 and June 2015, but rose in Hancock and Russell counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.2 percent; Spencer County, 4.3 percent; and Anderson, Campbell and Jessamine counties, 4.4 percent each.

Fabricating & Metal Working

The president of the Ashland Alliance is hoping to get Boyd and Greenup Counties certified soon as “Kentucky Work Ready Communities”. 

Tim Gibbs heads the business organization that promotes commerce in the two communities.

Gibbs says the step is critical in sending a message that the region is committed to producing the skilled workforce that companies need.

Kentucky's Right To Work Showdown

Apr 26, 2015
Greg Stotelmyer

The Bluegrass has become a battleground state over right-to-work legislation with a handful of counties passing local laws and all four Republican candidates for governor supporting the idea.

But, a new economic analysis questions whether right-to-work legislation delivers on its promise of economic growth.

NBC

Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate plunged to 6.5 percent in 2014 from 8 percent in 2013, while nonfarm employment gained 29,000 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2008 when it was a pre-recession 6.4 percent.

Kids Toiling in America's Tobacco Fields

Nov 21, 2014
Marcus Bleasdale and Human Rights Watch

Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields across the burley belt. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study found one in 10 working in North Carolina's tobacco is younger than 18.

Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizing Committee, says the pattern is similar in Kentucky.

He says children work to help their families get by, typically starting in their early teens, but sometimes much younger.

Affordable Care Act Creates Jobs

Nov 18, 2014
National Healthcare Workers Association

An official with the Kentucky Health and Family Services Cabinet says the federal Affordable Care Act has brought a billion dollars into the state this year and has created thousands of jobs.

Eric Friedlander is deputy secretary of the cabinet and was testified on Monday (Nov. 17) on the state’s Medicaid expansion. He appeared before House and Senate members of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee.       

CCSF

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September 2014 at 6.7 percent from a revised 7.1 percent in August 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted.

This is the lowest rate for the state since July 2008 when it was 6.6 percent, which was during to the financial crisis.

Grocery Trader

For the first time on record, unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2013 and August 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

“The underlying message is that we have left the recession behind. That doesn’t mean unemployment rates will decrease each month in all 120 counties,” cautioned Manoj Shanker, economist at the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Kentucky.com

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary August 2014 jobless rate was 1.3 percentage points below the 8.4 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2013. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate slipped to 6.1 percent in August 2014 from 6.2 percent a month ago, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Report Shows Declining Wages and Few Jobs in Kentucky

Sep 15, 2014
Greg Stotelmyer

Five years after the recession officially ended, Kentucky workers still are grappling with a scarcity of jobs and continued declines in wages, according to a new report.

The study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy found a substantial gap between jobs and job-seekers that still needs to be closed.

"The jobs that we're seeing created and the jobs people have aren't necessarily good jobs," said KCEP director Jason Bailey, one of the report's authors. "People are seeing their real wages decline or stagnate."

Kentucky Revenue Linked To Job Growth

Jul 9, 2014
Freedom Outpost

Even though the Commonwealth’s economy is in recovery, an official with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says the reason why state government is experiencing another revenue shortfall has to do with the quality of its jobs.

Bryan Sunderland is the business group’s senior vice-president of public affairs. He says many of the positions lost during the recession have been replaced by jobs that don’t pay as well as others.

Jobs Needed In East Kentucky

Jul 3, 2014
City College of San Francisco

Kentucky Democratic Senator Robin Webb from Carter County says she’d like to see state economic development officials work with businesses and entrepreneurs to offer more incentives to invest in eastern Kentucky.

Webb says few of the projects being launched in the Commonwealth are taking place in her region of the state.

Beshear Wants Highway Funding Restored

Jul 3, 2014
ExakTime

Governor Beshear is calling on Congress to act quickly to fix the federal Highway Trust Fund because the consequences of failing to do so could be severe. The Trust Fund is expected to run out of money near the end of August of this year.

Beshear says Kentucky is reimbursed from the fund when it spends state money on federal transportation projects. However, if those projects have to be held up because of funding uncertainty, Beshear says, “that’s a job killer.”

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