Louisville Unemployment Rate Increases

Despite announcements of job gains in recent months, state figures show the unemployment rate in Louisville went up in June and remains above the national average. But city officials believe the local economy is showing signs of improvement in the region. National unemployment is 9.3 percent and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training shows […]

Yarmuth Announces New Jobs Workshop

After more than 400 job seekers attended a “Build Your Skills” workshop last year, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., announced Wednesday that he would host a second set of free seminars for those seeking job opportunities. The event will offer Louisville residents who are unemployed, underemployed or looking to change careers a chance to receive […]

Report Finds Rapid Growth of Vacant Properties, Room for More Manufacturing

The epidemic of vacant properties in Louisville is growing. That’s one of the many facts cited in the latest annual Competitive City Report from the Greater Louisville Project. According to the report, in some areas of the city, more than 15 percent of homes and business are vacant. The 2010 Census puts the average for […]

Four Kentuckiana Works Satellite Centers Will Close Friday

Kentuckiana Works is closing four satellite career locations in the Louisville area in response to a $475,000 cut in next year’s federal budget. Kitty Armstrong is the communications director for Kentuckiana Works. She says the other locations will continue to offer various job services. “You can get assistance with unemployment insurance, if you need to […]

Teens Will Again Face Lean Summer Job Market

With local unemployment above ten percent, Kentucky Kingdom still closed and federal funds lacking, summer job opportunities for area teenagers will again be scarce. Mayor Greg Fischer has sought to raise money for summer jobs programs and he’s encouraged businesses to hire students on summer vacation. Kentuckiana Works Executive Director Michael Gritton says an announcement […]

Council Caps Tuition Increases; Higher College Costs Could Hurt Job Market

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases at public universities for the coming academic year. The universities of Louisville and Kentucky cannot raise tuition more than six percent, and both schools are planning to increase costs by that amount. It will be the latest in a string of tuition increases the universities […]

Unemployment & Young Workers

STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/09/11: Teen unemployment reached almost 26% in January. New college graduates face daunting competition to secure even low-wage, temporary jobs; finding employment related to their desired career is even more challenging. 16-24 year olds have been hit hard by the economic crash. Not only are jobs scarce, but many Baby Boomers aren’t retiring when expected. So what options exist for Kentucky’s young people? How can they gain experience, additional education, and a paycheck? How do they avoid the emotional toll of long term unemployment? We sit down with our guests to explore the causes and possible solutions for unemployment among young workers in the Commonwealth.  Listen to the Show