The unemployment rate has risen over the past year in 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Data from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training shows that the statewide unemployment rate for November was up slightly over last year at 7.7%, with an increase of three-tenths of a percent.
Workforce Development Cabinet Economist Manoj Shanker says the increase reflects a particularly devastating year for Eastern Kentucky communities, which have the highest unemployment rates in Kentucky.
Kentucky's jobless rate fell again last month. The latest figures from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training say the May rate was down to 8.2 percent, a tenth of a percent decrease from April.
Unemployed military veterans between 35 and 60 could qualify for up to a year of training for high-demand jobs through a federal program. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training is promoting the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for eligible Kentucky veterans.
The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reports the Commonwealth had substantial job growth last year. State economist Manoj Shanker says the over 21,000 jobs added shows Kentucky’s economy has made strides in recovering from the recession. Job sectors that saw significant growth were temporary professional services; trade, transportation, and utilities; and education and health, while the construction and information sectors saw little growth. Kentucky had the 12th highest annual unemployment rate in the nation in 2011.