Unemployment was down in all nine Pennyrile counties last month, including in all three southern Pennyrile counties.
The jobless rate fell six tenths of a point to 9.7 percent from February to March in Christian County. That jobless number represents about 2,600 people who were looking for work, but who were unable to find it, according to the Office of Employment and Training.
Trigg County had the steepest drop in unemployment, falling from 10.5 percent in February to 8.9 percent in March. Todd County's jobless rate ticked down two tenths of a percentage point to 8.4 percent in March—though that is up by three tenths from a year ago. Christian and Trigg counties also had slightly higher unemployment than in March of 2012.
Caldwell County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Pennyrile at 7.3 percent and Muhlenberg was highest at 10 percent.
Woodford County had Kentucky's lowest jobless rate at 6.1 percent and Magoffin County was highest at 18.3. Fulton County was ninth highest at 14.6 percent.
There is reason for optimism that the proposed Todd County Career Path Institute could soon become a reality.
Stressing that there has been no formal announcement one way or the other, Pennyrile Area Development District Assistant Director Jason Vincent says legal work has been allowed to go forth that would put a lease agreement between the county and Todd School Board into place.
Todd County officials have been waiting several months to find out whether a 1.5 million dollar federal grant to build the 2.5 million dollar facility would come through. A state issued grant of a half million dollars was already awarded with the help of Christian Fiscal Court and Todd Fiscal Court has agreed to bond the remaining half million. Vincent says the fact the process has made it this far is encouraging.
If the center opens on the campus of Todd County Central High School, it would allow students to take dual credit courses and allow adults looking for additional training to utilize the programs offered by Hopkinsville Community College.
Todd County School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says he's optimistic about end of year testing, as that time draws near.
Benningfield says he's seen positive signs that lead him to believe students are ready to perform at their best.
As is the case with all school districts in Kentucky, the elementary, middle and high schools are on different timetables—but Benningfield says testing will begin early next month.
This will be the end of Benningfield's first school year in that position, after he took over for a retiring Mike Kenner last summer.
Twelve area students were among 137 high school juniors from Kentucky who visited the state capitol as part of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Frankfort Youth Tour this week.
Representing Pennyrile Electric were Todd County Central Students Catie Holliday and John Michael Brown; Christian County High School students Elizabeth Settle and Nile Shemwell; James Stitt of Heritage Christian Academy; Alex Keys of University Heights Academy; Danielle Stratton and Sarah Lackey of Hokpinsville High School; Andrea Hall and Helen Gibson of Trigg County High school; and Rachyl Miller and Marah Harris of Logan County High School.
The students toured the capitol, the governor's mansion and the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial. Students also met with Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson. They also met with Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer and Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton.