Jobless Rate Drops in Every Kentucky County Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Annual unemployment rates were lower in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“Even though economic opportunities vary across the state, 2014 proved to be an extraordinary year with all 120 counties posting an improvement in the unemployment rate,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.  “The greatest improvement in percentage points was in the coal counties of eastern Kentucky. This is the first time since at least 1990 that all the counties have had a drop in the unemployment rate.”

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2014 at 4.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 5 percent each; Owen County, 5.1 percent; Boone and Campbell counties, 5.2 percent each; and Anderson, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 5.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2014 — 14 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 13.9 percent; Leslie County, 12.8 percent; Letcher County, 12.3 percent; Breathitt County, 11.6 percent; Clay, Elliott and Jackson counties, 11.5 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.3 percent; and Knott County, 11.2 percent. In 2014, 19 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to 36 counties in 2013.

Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2013 to 2014 were Leslie County, -4.9 percentage points; Letcher County, -4.4 percentage points; Knott County, -4.3 percentage points; Harlan County, -4.1 percentage points; and Perry County, -3.7 percentage points.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.

A separate report issued in February showed that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in the Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)  during the fourth quarter.wellness_worksite

Rand Paul Set to Announce Presidential Campaign in Louisville KY Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

Rand Paul, the U.S. Senator from Kentucky, is expected to announce his candidacy for the Presidency at the Galt House in Louisville today at Noon.  Over the rest of the week, he plans to barnstorm the four early voting states — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — in a “Stand with Rand” tour.

He released the video here in advance of the announcement, which mixes news clips from sources as diverse as Newt Gingrich and Jon Stewart.

“On April 7, one leader will stand up to defeat the Washington machine and unleash the American Dream” reads the screen in the video.


Madness is Here in Louisville KY, UK in Action Thursday night: Cards, Hoosiers on Friday afternoon Monday, Mar 16 2015 

Time to tune out if you’re not into college hoops. Louisville KY is not the #1 rated market for watching basketball on TV for nothing. The top overall seed, Kentucky, will play late Thursday night in Louisville KY’s KFC Yum! Center. Louisville’s Cardinals are a #4 seed, and open Friday (on TBS) at 4:10 with UC-Irvine’s Anteaters in Seattle. Indiana made the big show as a #10 seed, and play Wichita State in Omaha Friday at 2:45 on CBS. Make your “get-out-of-w0rk” plans now for Friday.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.26.11 AMAnd who’s coming to Louisville, along with Kentucky? Cincinnati and Purdue face off Thursday in an 8/9 matchup for the opportunity to play UK. South Region games played here will be a 3/14 contest between Iowa State and Alabama-Birmingham, followed by #11 UCLA and #6 SMU.

Winners from those games play on Saturday. If you’re looking for tickets, you can find them from your friendly neighborhood scalper. Kentucky fans will be dominant at Yum all weekend.

Games will be televised on four stations, so it’s time to find out where on your cable system that TruTV, TNT and TBS are located, along with CBS, WLKY-TV in Louisville. That station gets the highest ratings in the country for the tournament every year.

Here’s a link to the official printable bracket. Best of luck in your office pool.

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It’s Conference Tournament Week for Louisville, UK and WKU Sunday, Mar 8 2015 

Whatever work you need to get done this week, do it on Monday and Tuesday. Starting Wednesday the region becomes mired in Basketball, and Spring, Fever. It’s Christmas all over again for sports bars, and March Madness affects even casual fans, as they try to memorize starting lineups for local teams and figure out where Alcorn State is.

So here’s where our teams are playing:

acctourneyWestern Kentucky’s first game in the Conference USA Tourney is Wednesday at Birmingham. WKU is the 5th-seed in the 12-team league. The Toppers get Marshall, then would face 4th-seed Alabama-Birmingham Thursday at 6. If WKU keeps winning, it will play in the semifinals at 5:30 Friday and the Championship at 2:30 Saturday.

Louisville is the #4 seed in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, and will likely meet North Carolina Thursday at 2, unless Boston College or Georgia Tech upsets the Heels. Winning the Thursday game would set up the Cards to play Friday at 7, likely against top-seed Virginia. The championship game is Saturday night at 8:30.

Kentucky, the top seed in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, gets the Alabama-Florida winner at Noon Friday. The Saturday game will be at Noon, likely against 4th-seed LSU. The SEC title game is at Noon Sunday.

Then, on Sunday, you can start filling our your NCAA Tournament brackets.

Episode 77: Tailspin Hangovers & Drinkin’ with Lincoln (and Liz) Tuesday, Feb 24 2015 

Still feeling run down from this weekend’s Tailspin Ale Fest, the boys still managed to find their way down to the BBC Taproom for the podcast. John couldn’t hang, and drank Highland Coffee Iced Coffee. We talk about one of the best beer festivals in the area, along with the stand out beers and the

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HB168 Podcast Sunday, Feb 8 2015 

Tonight, on a very special Louisville Beer Podcast, we speak to Adam Watson, President of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and co-owner of Against the Grain Brewery and Elizabeth Post, spokesperson for the Kentuckians for Entrepreneurs and Growth about HB168. HB168 is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local

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Details on Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels 2.0 Friday, Jan 30 2015 

Last year during Louisville Craft Beer Week, The Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. hosted the 1st Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels at their beautiful location in Butchertown. If you missed it, you missed some amazing one-off Kentucky beers that were aged in Copper & Kings’ used brandy barrels. There was some great stuff there: Takashi, from Against

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House Bill 168 Protects Local Jobs, Craft Brewers Thursday, Jan 29 2015 

Local jobs, family businesses and consumer choice are on the line here in Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky’s legislature returns to debate a host of important topics including House Bill 168 introduced by Speaker Greg Stumbo. It is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local entrepreneurial craft brewers

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Docent. Funny Title for a Fun Job Tuesday, Jan 6 2015 

Docents are one of the best assets to museums. They volunteer their time to learn in-depth about exhibitions and then share their learned knowledge with visitors on guided tours. They field questions and comments about art, the process of art,  and who it is making art in order to aide patrons to a better understanding […]

Remember this? Friday, Dec 26 2014 

John Calipari and Rick Pitino sit down with Jim Rome in their best wind suits.

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