Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in July. That marks a decline of two-tenths of one percent from June's figures.
According to the Office of Employment and Training, the state's unemployment rate in July of 2003 had stood at 6.6 percent. The Department's Chief Labor Market Analyst, Carlos Craycraft, says, "We continue to have notably lower monthly unemployment rates compared to the same month last year."
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says he plans to propose a "large and aggressive" education initiative, probably next week. Fletcher says his plan will cover pre-school through adult education. he made the comments at his weekly news conference Friday at the state capitol. Fletcher gave few details but he indicated an interest in a form of testing in which the same students are tracked year by year to gauge trends in their educational development.
Bowling Green, KY – U-S Senator Mitch McConnell says its too early to predict how Kentucky's military installations could be impacted by the Administration's plan to re-deploy troops. Speaking at the Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green, the Republican from Louisville stressed that the move is prompted by the changing nature of modern conflicts.