A state official knowledgeable in work force statistics was the guest speaker for this month’s Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors meeting.
Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment Commissioner, Beth Brinly shared the vision plan of the state workforce investment system.
Ms. Brinly spoke about the state-wide workforce vision, some of the key initiatives and resources that will be implemented across the state and devoted much of her speech on the importance of partnerships between area agencies.
Sheila Clark, the Director of the Western Kentucky Workforce Investment Board also provided a labor market snap shot, which shows Christian County’s unemployment rate went up from 10.8 percent in July to 11.5 percent in August.
Muhlenberg County’s jobless rate increased slightly from 8.2 percent to 8.4 percent during the same time period, while Trigg County saw a spike in their unemployment rate, which went from 8.1 percent to 8.9 percent.
The data also showed the unemployment rate went up for Fulton County, with the rate being 15 percent in July and 16.7 percent last month.
Last month the national unemployment rate was recorded at 8.2 percent, with Kentucky having a higher unemployment rate than the national average at 8.4 percent.
In Western Kentucky, the jobless rate was recorded as 8.6 percent in August.