Artists Suffer Under Recession; Researchers Look at Economic Impact

The recession has cost many Americans their job — including artists. Even those who are self-employed have taken a hit. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer talks to several Kentucky artists feeling the recession and looks at how researchers are trying to find new ways of gauging how their wellbeing impacts the overall economy. “There’s some stuff that’s […]

Task Force Continues Work On Half-Billion Dollar Unemployment Debt

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky lawmakers will have to wait a bit longer for a final report from a task force seeking ways to fix the bankrupt fund that provides benefits to jobless workers. Earlier this year, Kentucky’s unemployment insurance trust fund went broke. To keep paying unemployment benefits, the state started borrowing […]

State Departments Working to Update Unemployment System

It’ll be another few weeks before unemployed Kentuckians who have exhausted their benefits can get new checks through the federal extension of unemployment benefits. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation law was signed November 6th, and extends Kentucky’s unemployment benefits by 20 weeks because the unemployment rate is higher than eight-point-five percent. Lanny Brannock with the Education […]

Kentucky Jobless Rate Continues Climb

The state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says Kentucky’s  seasonally adjusted preliminary jobless rate in June was 10.9%, up from 10.7% in May. It’s the highest since August of 1983, when Kentucky recorded a jobless rate of 11.1%. The national unemployment rate for June was 9.5%. Cabinet spokesperson Kim Saylor Brannock says the manufacturing sector […]

Weather Causes Problems at Unemployment Offices

Many unemployment offices throughout the state are having problems due to the weather. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. There are 19 unemployment offices in Kentucky that are not able to process electronic unemployment claims now due to power outages and other problems caused by current weather conditions. Cathy Lindsey is with the Kentucky Education and […]