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Kentucky has achieved a milestone of economic health with statewide employment levels back up above the peak levels of 2007 and 2008, which were before the recession. That’s according to a new study by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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Democratic candidate for governor Jack Conway unveiled his jobs plan on Tuesday, saying that his administration would expand broadband Internet to rural areas, train a better workforce and grow Kentucky’s tourism, bourbon and coal industries.

Marriage And Work Over Time

In the early 1970s, there was a standard model for married couples where at least one spouse worked full time: In two-thirds of those marriages, the man worked and the woman didn't.

Over the next several decades, that changed dramatically, as more and more women moved into full-time jobs.

By the turn of the century, the standard had reversed: In nearly two-thirds of these marriages, both people worked full time.

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An automotive plastics manufacturer is planning to double its facility and workforce in Christian County. 

Gov. Steve Beshear announced today that Riken Elastomers Corporation will create 27 new jobs and invest more than $22 million into expanding its Hopkinsville facility. 

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In his first visit to Louisville while in office, President Obama on Thursday evening announced a new federal initiative called TechHire.

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As Kentucky's overall unemployment rate continues to fall, employment in the coal mining industry is somewhat stagnant. The state's jobless rate for February came in at 5.2 percent, the lowest since the fall of 2004. 

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Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  

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A furniture manufacturer is expanding operations at its Ohio County facility and is expected to create up to 42 new jobs and invest $318,000 in the area.  

The Indiana-based Kimball International Inc. produces office furniture for companies in the hospitality industry.  

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

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A Hopkinsville steel tubing plant has laid off 71 workers a year-and-a-half after committing to creating more than 280 jobs and investing $102 million into re-establishing operations in the region.

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