Jobs

Go ahead — ask the boss for a raise.

The jobs report released Friday by the Labor Department suggests the time finally may be right to demand a fatter paycheck.

The October report showed employers added 161,000 jobs — and paid workers more. Average hourly earnings rose by 10 cents to $25.92 last month — and that gain followed September's increase of 8 cents an hour.

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An automotive parts manufacturer plans to construct a new facility in Henderson creating up to 90 new jobs.  

South Africa-based Hansens Aluminum plans announced plans today to build an $18.4 million 75,000 square-foot aluminum extrusion facility at the Henderson County Riverport.  

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Governor Matt Bevin says pay raises will be awarded to more than half of the workforce in the state Transportation Cabinet. 

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A local supplier of customizable wooden pickup truck beds is expanding its Hopkinsville operation, effectively adding 42 new jobs.  

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A Madisonville machine shop is reopening and creating 14 jobs in the process. 

CR Machine Shop previously as a supplier for Alliance Coal company but closed once the owner retired.  But, Alliance moved to purchase the business’ assets in August, effectively reopening the shop.  

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An international uniform manufacturing and rental company is adding 25 jobs as part of a $12 million expansion in Owensboro.

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Unemployment has fallen over the last year in around 68 percent of Kentucky’s 120 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

More Americans are making more money.

The U.S. Census Bureau released new numbers on Tuesday showing that, after a brutal economic recession and years of stagnation, real median household incomes rose from $53,718 in 2014 to $56,516 last year. That's a 5.2 percent rise — the first statistically significant increase since 2007.

But, as NPR's Pam Fessler notes, "the median household income was still lower than it was in 2007."

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The leader of a non-profit economic development agency in Eastern Kentucky sees promise in the results of a just-released workforce survey. It’s partly focused on efforts to lure new firms to the region that could offer employment to out-of-work coal miners. 

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Democrat Jim Gray used Labor Day to unveil his jobs plan as he tries to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

Gray released his economic agenda titled "Build a Stronger Kentucky" Monday at the United Auto Workers union hall in Louisville. 

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