Tennessee’s economy growth rate continues to exceed the national average as new business filings exceed pre-recession peak levels.  

That’s according to the quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report which uses data from the Division of Business Services and is published through TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office and University of Tennessee Knoxville's Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet

  Governor Matt Bevin’s administration is counting on a growing apprenticeship program to help fill Kentucky’s future workforce needs.

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The Kentucky unemployment rate is now on par with the national average. The July jobless rate dipped to 4.9% from 5% in June. 

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You are Letcher County, Kentucky. You are rural, mountainous, and in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields. Your economy is not in good shape. Fox News has called your largest town “the poster child for the war on coal.” You are offered funds to build a new federal prison. It could bring jobs but also brings up troubling moral issues. What do you do?

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State officials say Kentucky’s unemployment rate fell slightly in June. The state Office of Employment and Training said Thursday that last month's jobless rate dropped to 5 percent, down from a revised 5.1 percent in May. 

Greater Owensboro Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education

A program to address the shortage of skilled workers for advanced manufacturing is expanding in the Owensboro area.

The project is called GO FAME, which stands for Greater Owensboro Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education.

 A western Indiana auto assembly plant has turned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky to recruit workers from among soldiers planning to leave the military.

Pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen is closing its distribution center in Paducah, affecting around 90 employees.

Say you are one of the roughly 15,000 American steel workers who have been laid off — or received notice of coming layoffs — in the past year.

You and your boss would cheer any reduction in China's massive steelmaking capacity. Chinese steel has been flooding global markets and hurting profits for U.S. companies.

The Labor Department's May jobs report, released Friday, was surprisingly bad.

Economists scrambled to explain why they hadn't seen a hiring dropoff coming. Most had predicted about 160,000 new jobs for May, but in fact, only 38,000 materialized. That was the smallest increase since September, 2010.