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Unemployment rates up in 96 Kentucky counties

Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2016 and June 2017, fell in 20 and stayed the same in four 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 3.8 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 4.2 percent; Oldham and Spencer counties, 4.3 percent each; Fayette County, 4.4 percent; Campbell, Monroe and Scott counties, 4.5 percent each; and Anderson, Boone and Jessamine counties, 4.6 percent each. Continue reading Unemployment rates up in 96 Kentucky counties

Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves

The 26th Annual Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Resort Park will be held July 24-30.

The weeklong event focuses on special programs that show life on the Kentucky frontier in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the pioneer camp near the Carter Caves campground registration building.

Re-enactors will demonstrate skills that were needed for life on frontier Monday, July 24 through Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, July 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This year’s event will also feature two special performances by Private William Greathouse, War of 1812 soldier, and Jemima Boone, child of Daniel Boone. These performances are sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council as part of its Kentucky Chautauqua program.

Greathouse, as portrayed by Harry Smith, will be Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. and Boone, as portrayed by Betsy B. Smith, will be Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Both performances will be at the park amphitheater located near the Caveland Lodge and are free.

For a list of special activities and programs for the entire week, like us on Facebook or contact the office of recreation at 606-286-4411. Carter Caves State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground including horse campground with full hook ups, and a restaurant featuring Kentucky fare.

KY State Parks Offering Events for Solar Eclipse

Use safety glasses during the solar eclipse

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse with fun and educational events during July and August.

Some parks have astronomy experts scheduled to give talks about the eclipse. Kenlake State Resort Park will kick off the events July 28 with “The Star Geezer” Mark Steven Williams. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host University of Louisville Astronomy Professor Benne Holwerda for a presentation the weekend before the eclipse.

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Kentucky’s unemployment rate increases

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017.

The preliminary June 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in June 2016. Continue reading Kentucky’s unemployment rate increases

I-75 Closure

I-75

On Tuesday, Morning July 18, 2017 between 10:30 and 11:00 AM Interstate 75 will be shut down in both directions between the 68 and 69 mile markers in Rockcastle County due to utility repairs. The closure will take place for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Motorists are asked to use an alternate route during this time.

Making Washington Work for KY

Mitch McConnell

After celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, I traveled around the Commonwealth to hear directly from Kentuckians. By engaging with families, individuals, and community leaders across the state, I am better able to bring their concerns to the United States Senate and serve as their voice in Washington.

During a visit to Paducah, I was proud to stand with local officials to announce that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has directed more than $19 million to help complete critical repairs to the city’s flood protection system. Taking full advantage of its geography, Paducah Continue reading Making Washington Work for KY

Gov. Bevin Takes Necessary Steps to Balance State Budget

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin signed a budget reduction order today, meeting the Constitutional mandate that the Commonwealth of Kentucky end the fiscal year with a balanced budget. General Fund revenue receipts fell short of budgeted amounts by $138.5 million, requiring today’s action.

The Governor’s veto of a portion of the budget bill allowed an additional $5 million in lottery receipts to be dedicated to scholarships and not lapse to the General Fund. In addition, a lower than expected lapse of debt service raised the total resource requirements to meet the shortfall to $152.2 million. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Takes Necessary Steps to Balance State Budget

State Health Officials Issue Safety Guidelines for Warm Temperatures

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the  Department for Public Health, located within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS),  urges the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during  periods of extreme summertime heat, particularly dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles.

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KYCloud Career Pathways collaboration to prepare students for technology-based careers

A new collaboration among state, education, non-profit, and private sector parties was announced by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet today aimed at creating Kentucky Cloud Career Pathways, which are specific courses and educational opportunities designed to prepare students with the skillsets needed to address the massive growth and job opportunities in cloud, cyber security, and computer science fields. Continue reading KYCloud Career Pathways collaboration to prepare students for technology-based careers

Gov. Bevin: Wright-Mix to Create 130 Jobs with $8.5 Million Investment in Greenup Co.

Gov. Bevin

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, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“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. “This project showcases many of the advantages the commonwealth offers to manufacturers – a central location, outstanding shipping and logistics infrastructure and the availability of raw materials and talent. I congratulate Wright-Mix and look forward to their success.”

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Labor Cabinet Saves Companies up to $1,589,000 in Potential Fines in June

Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 33 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result of these surveys, employers corrected 227 serious violations that could have resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $1,589,000.

The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads the Cabinet’s proactive efforts to create safe and healthful workplace conditions, including overseeing a new Continue reading Labor Cabinet Saves Companies up to $1,589,000 in Potential Fines in June

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Dr. Ida Dickie, Paula Ratliff Pedigo, Ricky Stiltner, Carey Cockerell, Dalton Gordon, Adria Elaine Johnson, Gregory Joseph Jones, and Glenda Mae Edwards have been appointed to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Dr. Ida Dickie, of Louisville, is a professor at Spalding University. She will represent college or university professors and serve for a term expiring September 15, 2020. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

Gov. Bevin Urging All Kentuckians to Help Combat Opioids

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin is urging all Kentuckians to help beat back the opioid epidemic with a new public awareness campaign that highlights the dangers of opioid abuse and offers information on drug treatment and naloxone.

The campaign, launching this week, combines web content with statewide advertising to drive home a simple message: “Don’t Let Them Die.” The theme encourages Kentuckians to recognize the inherent value of human life – even in the grip of addiction – and take proactive steps to help their friends, family and communities overcome this Continue reading Gov. Bevin Urging All Kentuckians to Help Combat Opioids

Labor Cabinet Collects over $40,000 in Unpaid Wages in June

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $43,785.07 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.

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