While the nation’s unemployment numbers are looking better, the jobless rate went up in all nine Pennyrile counties last month.
Latest numbers from the Office of Employment and Training show Christian County’s unemployment rate in December was 9.1%, which was up six tenths of a percentage point from November and a half point less than December of 2011.
Trigg County saw the largest jump in the jobless rate—jumping to 9.3% from 7.7% the previous month. That number is still three tenths of a point lower than a year ago.
Todd County’s unemployment was up a half point from November to 7.8% in December—with that number four tenths of a point lower than one year ago.
Muhlenberg County saw a six tenths of a point increase and Caldwell County was up three tenths. Hopkins County had the smallest increase in unemployment, up only one tenth of a percent to 6.7.
In all, 7,753 people in the nine-county area were looking for work last month and unable to find it.
Woodford County had the lowest unemployment rate in Kentucky at 5.4 percent, followed by Fayette and Union Counties at 5.9 each. Magoffin County had the highest jobless rate at 16.9 percent, followed by Fulton County at 15.8.
Time is running out to make your nominations for the local Chamber of Commerce small business awards.
Karen Lamb represented the Chamber on the Lite 98.7 Early Bird Show recently and said it’s easy to make nominations for one of the 14 awards that will be presented at the annual breakfast February 12th at 7:30am at the Bruce Convention Center.
Ms. Lamb says there is a new category focusing on regionalism in addition to the awards locals have become accustomed to.
Tomorrow is the deadline to submit nominations, according to Ms. Lamb. Once again, the awards will be presented at a breakfast at the Bruce Center February 12th at 7:30am.
Hopkinsville Police continue to enforce traffic laws and officials say their efforts are paying off.
Police Captain Michael Seis says over the past year, officers have flooded areas prone to traffic collisions and as a result, wrecks within the city have decreased last year compared to 2011.
A traveling display of art created by cancer patients is being featured at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
A news release from the hospital says the exhibit is called “Lilly Oncology on Canvas” and is on display at the E.C. Green Cancer Center through February 19th Monday through Thursday from 7:30am until 4:30pm and on Fridays from 7:30am to 1:30pm.
The exhibit features five paintings by patients with various forms of cancer. JSMC RN Director Sheila Sadler says the exhibit honors the journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis.
Kentucky State Police are raffling off a 2013 Chevy Camaro to benefit this summer’s Trooper Island youth camp.
A news release from KSP says tickets are sold at all state police posts across the commonwealth and they are sold by State Troopers and Vehicle Enforcement Officers for 10 dollars each.
The drawing will be August 25th at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. KSP says all proceeds will go toward Trooper Island, which is a summer camp for children on Dale Hollow Lake.
The camp is free to the participants, who are underprivileged boys and girls ages 10 through 12. Police hope the camp will build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers.
KSP will also be hosting a fundraiser golf tournament September 5th at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.