WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed June 21, 2006
Jobless Rate Declines in Kentucky
By Dan Modlin
Bowling Green,KY – State Officials say Kentucky's jobless rate has dropped to five point six percent. The latest figures, from the month of May, indicate that the non-farm sector added 2,300 jobs in the month. The state's transportation, trade, and utilities sector also added one thousand jobs during May. Not all aspects of the job market showed gains during the month. The manufacturing sector had a decline of six hundred jobs in Kentucky, while the construction sector showed a drop of 300 jobs. Chief Labor Market Analyst Carlos Cracraft of the Office of Employment and Training says the unemployment rate in Kentucky dropped by five-tenths of one percent for the month. Cracraft says that marks the second largest decline in unemployment in the nation for the month of May.