Manoj Shanker

6:30 am
Wed December 31, 2014

2014 Saw Economic Gains in Kentucky

Credit Moritz Wickendorf, Wikimedia Commons

2014 could go down as a "breakout" year for Kentucky's economy.

Economists and workers in about every occupation imaginable were waiting for the effects of the "Great Recession" of 2008 to fade.

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3:59 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012

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.

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9:13 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Jobless Rates Fall

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. 

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3:41 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Kentucky Sees Job Growth in 2011

AP Report...

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.