December 29, 2010
The Republican and Democratic political parties in Washington passed a bill for $1.3 trillion on to the deficit. They extended unemployment benefits to several million people for 13 months, but on the other hand, they denied Harry Reid’s and Nancy Pelosi’s and other Democrats’ request for $250 for each of the Social Security retirees who get no raises in 2010, 2011 or 2012. I think it’s about time the government tells those millions of unemployed people, get out and do some community service in the towns where they live as a requirement for receiving unemployment compensation for another 13 months.
August 29, 2011
STANFORD - Cathy Mitchum, 59, lived her dream for three short years as owner of McKinney Station in Lincoln County. “It was a country store,” she said, smiling at the memory. “We had hardware and feed, and we cooked and had a grill.” But the reality of the economic downturn ended Mitchum's reverie in 2009 when she had to close the store and face unemployment. Many in her situation - jobless with only a few years until retirement - hung up their work boots and collected unemployment, but not Mitchum.
June 2, 2010
FRANKFORT — Kentuckians in Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan and Woodford counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred May 1 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. Farmers and self-employed people, who are normally not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, also may qualify for disaster unemployment assistance, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
September 7, 2011
“Work harder: Millions on welfare are counting on you.” I must admit the pithy bumper sticker made me chuckle. I appreciate wit even when sometimes it cuts. As I reflected on Labor Day about the current frenzy about the dismal reports on jobs, the nine simple words on the sticker highlighted one part of the problem. Unemployment is a complicated socioeconomic issue, and no one can easily pinpoint the problem or the solution. Ideas abound, but at least one issue is clear. There is a growing sentiment in our culture that the ideal job is that which garners the most pay while requiring the least work.
October 4, 2007
Unemployment in Clark County dropped half a percent from July to August and has fallen even more since August 2006, according to new figures from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Education Cabinet. Clark County's jobless rate dipped from 4.8 percent in July to 4.3 percent in August with 766 unemployed workers out of a civilian labor force of 17,621. The unemployment rate in August last year stood at 4.9 percent. Meanwhile, unemployment rates rose in 61 Kentucky counties between August 2006 and August 2007, dropped in 45 counties and remained the same in 14 counties, according to the Employment Office.
June 28, 2007
Unemployment in Clark County rose slightly between April and May, but remains well below rates observed during the same time last year. Joblessness climbed from 4.6 percent in April to 4.7 percent in May with 828 people out of work from a total civilian labor force of 17,755. In May 2006, unemployment was 5.5 percent. In the meantime, unemployment rates fell in 73 Kentucky counties between May 2006 and May 2007, rose in 45 counties and remained the same in two counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Education Cabinet.
August 2, 2007
Joblessness in Clark County edged up modestly between May and June but remains lower than levels observed in June last year, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Education Cabinet. Released last week, the report shows that unemployment increased from 4.7 percent in May to 5 percent in June with 887 workers out of jobs from a labor force of 17,901. The jobless rate stood at 5.8 percent in June 2006. Meanwhile, unemployment rates declined in 81 Kentucky counties between June 2006 and June 2007, rose in 31 counties and remained the same in eight counties.
December 6, 2009
Dear Editor, Clothes in the dryer, dishes done and watching Matlock reruns while I write this letter; suddenly I hear an ear-busting, get on your nerves, screeching sound. I get up to investigate and find out it's the smoke detector and my Christmas cookies are done. Such is the life of being unemployed. I have been laid off for over a year. In order to collect unemployment benefits, you have to apply for at least one job per week, document it, and turn the information into the unemployment office every six to 12 weeks.
November 29, 2007
Unemployment in Clark County edged down nearly a full percentage point between September and October to the same level as observed last year, according to new figures from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Education Cabinet. Clark County's jobless rate dipped from 5 percent in September to 4.2 percent in October with 739 unemployed workers out of a civilian labor force of 17,550. The unemployment rate in October last year was also 4.2 percent. Meanwhile, unemployment rates rose in 94 Kentucky counties between October 2006 and October 2007, dropped in 18 counties and remained the same in eight counties, according to the Office of Employment and Training.