WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu June 23, 2005
Kentucky Unemployment Up
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate shows more people working in May than in April. It rose from 5.6% in April to 5.7% in May as the state's non-farm employment increased by 2,000 jobs.
The Office of Employment and Training reports Kentuky's employment situation in May followed the trend seen during the previous months of this year. Labor market analyst Carlos Cracraft says that while May was the fifth month in a row that the unemployment rate increased, it also marked the fourth month in a row that employment rose in Kentucky.
During the first five months of this year, Kentucky has recorded a total non-farm employment gain of 14,400. That's about 1,000 more than for all of last year.