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  A new program in Pulaski County is aiming to grow the local workforce while, at the same time, helping people who are incarcerated get a new start. It's called the Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Inmates Transforming Individuals, Community and Livelihoods or CRITICAL. 

In three-phases, the initiative teaches soft skills and technical training to inmates, who can also learn about and interview for job opportunities while in jail. Those who complete the program are also credited with 30 days of time served.

Appalachian Regional Commission

A new report shows Appalachian counties in Kentucky saw a decline in employment growth at the same time other states in Appalachia saw an increase. The region overall is shifting toward more job diversity, but still lags behind the rest of the country.


Two eastern Kentucky lawmakers expressed disappointment Wednesday over word that a major industrial company is suspending plans for a factory in Pikeville.  In late 2017, EnerBlu said it would build a $372 million battery manufacturing plant and bring 875 jobs to the area. 

There’s a running narrative that says good, well-paying jobs that don’t require a Bachelor’s degree have all but disappeared. Not so. Not, at least, according to an exhaustive state-by-state analysis conducted for “The Good Jobs Project,” a joint effort by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and JPMorgan Chase. We, of course, are interested in what was found in Kentucky. So we’ve contacted Neil Ridley, the State Initiative Director and co-author of the Good Jobs Project report.

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The Courier and Press reports there are 9,700 vacant positions in the Evansville-Henderson region.

There are 6,400 unemployed people in that region, but business leaders repeatedly say that many potential workers cannot pass a drug test or do not have “soft skills” like showing up for work on time or good communication.

A coalition of area economic development leaders created a six-week pilot program to attract employees through social media, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

An aluminum company planning a state-subsidized $1.3 billion dollar facility in Greenup County has released a partial list of its shareholders. Braidy Industries had been keeping those identities a secret. 

Coal Country Tech Job Program Heads For New Round

Aug 30, 2017
Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

Last summer Melissa Anderson was unemployed and trying to keep her Pike County, Kentucky, home from falling into foreclosure.

“I built it,” she said. “And, you know, for me to lose that home would have been devastating.” 

Ky Unemployment Up Slightly for June 2017

Jul 21, 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2017 was 5.1 percent, according to the state's Office of Employment and Training.

The June  rate was up one tenth of a percentage point from the five percent reported in May.

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"I’d love to be able to stay here,” said 32-year-old West Virginian Mark Combs. “The people are great. But it’s just dying. If you want to succeed you’ve gotta leave.”

Mark is an actor and an Iraqi war veteran. He thinks there has to be a better life, or at least better economic opportunities, elsewhere. He decided to head west for Los Angeles.  

 As Congress considers repealing the Affordable Care Act, health professionals in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia grapple with what that might mean for a region where many depend on the law for access to care. This occasional series from the ReSource explores what’s ahead for the Ohio Valley

after Obamacare. See more stories here >>

The health care sector has grown by more than 19,000 jobs in the Ohio Valley region. And some economists who focus on health care policy are warning that many of those jobs could well hang in the balance as Congress considers changes to the Act.

Mountain Comprehensive Care Corportation

Mike Caudill runs Mountain Comprehensive Care Corporation in five eastern Kentucky counties. Many of his 30,000 patients gained insurance through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. No one knows if or when those folks might lose coverage. But, Caudill said, the impact could be considerable.

Gov. Matt Bevin is calling upon the Kentucky General Assembly to make “bold, hard, decisions” when it comes to tax reform. 

During Wednesday State of the Commonwealth speech, Bevin said tax reform and further steps to reduce the state’s $82 million pension deficit need to be done together in a special session this year.  Bevin said some 300 tax loopholes deserve attention.

 “We exempt more income in Kentucky than we take in.  That’s going to have to change, ” Bevin said.

Jim Gray is halfway through a second term as Lexington Mayor. The Glasgow native and construction business veteran just completed an unsuccessful attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Rand Paul. 

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Some 10,000 signatures were delivered to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s London office Monday asking the majority leader to support the Miner’s Protection and Reclaim acts.

Plant Groundbreaking Helps Reinforce Economic Recovery

Jul 7, 2014

An economics researcher says a groundbreaking for an aluminum plant in western Kentucky sends a bigger message about economic recovery.  Governor Steve Beshear, who was joined by other public and private sector officials, broke ground last week on a $150 million dollar aluminum production plant in Bowling Green. 

Kentucky Job Growth Seen at Slower Pace than National Average

Jul 3, 2014

A federal labor department report released Thursday shows higher than anticipated job creation for June across the U.S.  State Economist Manoj Shanker is also seeing employment gains in many Kentucky counties. "Compared to a year ago, 111 counties out of 120 are doing better than they were a year ago,” says Shanker.  “As the state economy improves, it's almost evenly split, except for some parts of eastern Kentucky.”

Jobs & Economy on this week's Kentucky Tonight

Sep 24, 2012

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss jobs and the economy.  The program which airs "live" on KET Monday night will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

Jobs & Economy on this week's Kentucky Tonight

Jul 16, 2012

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss jobs and the economy.  The program that airs "live" Monday evening at 8:00 on KET, repeats Tuesday morning at 11:00 on 88.9 WEKU and our network of stations in Central and Southeastern Kentucky.