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Kentucky:

Unemployment is down in most Commonwealth counties.

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Kentucky’s latest unemployment figures show widespread improvement in July. The Office of Employment and Training reports jobless rates fell in 97 counties. Rates increased or were unchanged elsewhere.  

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Tennessee Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Recession

Apr 19, 2012

Tennessee’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since November 2008. The drop in March to 7.9 percent marks the eighth straight month of decline. Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis says the state lost jobs in March, but the number of unemployed declined at a faster rate. The national unemployment average is 8.2 percent. 

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State Legislation:

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear’s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session.

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The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan.

And despite concerns that the Senate amendments would derail the proposal, the bill’'s original House sponsor has agreed to the changes.

Kentucky Jobless Rates are Falling

Mar 22, 2012

Kentucky’s jobless rate has fallen to 8.7 percent.  That's according to February statistics released today by the Office of Employment and Training. Unemployment has been in a slow decline for eight consecutive months in the commonwealth. It's down from 1.1 percent a year ago. For February, seven of the state's eleven major nonfarm job sectors reported increases in employment.

Tennessee's Jobless Face New Requirements for Benefits

Mar 20, 2012
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Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis has warned the state's 56,000 unemployment claimants they’ll soon be required to prove they’re looking for work.  Davis says beginning in April, claimants also will be required to meet face-to-face with state job service employees.  She says the new requirements will make sure claimants are on track to find employment and not get caught off-guard when their benefits expire.  The U.S. Department of Labor issued the new guidelines.

For the past 14 years, the non-profit West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board has worked with the unemployed in our region to provide resources for those looking for new jobs. The WKWIB released a draft of their economic development plan for the next year this week. The board’s local director Shelia Clark says the WIB’s main goal is to provide training for recently laid off workers and other’s who are unemployed.

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A bill designed to help pay federal interest payments is one step closer to becoming law. The measure passed the House unanimously today, although a few Republicans expressed concerns over the bill. The bill would let the state borrow money to help make federal interest payments on a loan Kentucky took out during the recession. The state borrowed more than $900 billion to help pay for unemployment insurance, but didn’t account for interest payments. If the state is late on payments, the federal government can put a higher tax on employers to recoup the funds.

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