Manoj Shanker

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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. 


Kentucky’s rate of unemployment rose slightly to 5.8 percent in January this year.  

According to the state Office of Employment and Training, the preliminary January jobless rate was half a percentage point above the 5.3 percent rate recorded in January 2015.  

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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.

Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012

Dec 26, 2013

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.

Jobless Rates Fall

Jun 15, 2012

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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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.