Kentucky Jobless Rate Up In November

Kentucky’s unemployment rate rose slightly in November, but the figure is still below the November 2009 rate.

The 10.2 percent jobless rate recorded in November is the highest rate since May, when it was 10.4 percent.  But it’s still lower than the 10.7 percent rate recorded in November 2009.  And labor analyst Ron Crouch says six of the state’s 11 non-farm job sectors saw employment increases last month. 

“Construction, which had been going down for the year, went up by a thousand in the past month.  Part of that may be attributed to the stimulus package.  Also, manufacturing has gone up eight of the last nine months, which is also positive news,” he said.

Mining and logging jobs were up, as were jobs in the financial sector.  But the leisure and government sectors saw employment losses.  One-point-eight million Kentuckians had jobs last month, but 213,000 remained out of work.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.