The unemployment rate in Christian County increased by seven tenths of a percent last month, with the jobless rate also up in Trigg and Todd Counties.
Numbers released by the Office of Employment and Training show unemployment at 11.5 percent in Christian County last month—up from 10.8 percent in July. Todd County’s jobless rate was up by two tenths of a percent to 8.4 and Trigg was up eight tenths to 8.9 percent.
Muhlenberg, Hopkins and Caldwell each fell by two tenths of a percentage point—Muhlenberg to 9.1, Caldwell to 7.3 and Hopkins to 7.2.
Christian County has the highest unemployment rate in the Pennyrile, followed by Muhlenberg. Caldwell narrowly edged out Hopkins for the lowest jobless numbers.
The nine county Pennyrile Region as a whole came in with a 9 percent unemployment rate, up by a tenth of a percent from last month.
On the positive side, only Livingston County had a higher unemployment rate than it did from one year ago. Fulton County had the highest jobless rate in Kentucky last month at 16.7 percent and Oldham County was the lowest at 6.5 percent.
Governor Steve Beshear says he’s confident the increased speed limit on U.S. 68-80 set to go in effect next week will eventually boost the economies of the four affected counties.
Interviewed after an appearance at the Trilogy Center Thursday, Governor Beshear said the increased traffic volume through Trigg, Christian, Todd and Logan County has to help.
The 65 miles per hour speed limit will likely mean GPS systems will route more motorists through the southern Pennyrile instead of a longer route on Parkways and interstates. The Governor says traveling from Cadiz to Bowling Green will also become an easier task for local residents.
Governor Beshear is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday regarding the long sought after change.
Senate President David Williams could be considered for a judicial spot in Southern Kentucky.
Governor Beshear tells the "Herald Leader" he would consider the idea. Beshear and Williams have been longtime political rivals and squared off in the last run for governor.
Governor Beshear says it's not just Williams' name, as he's willing to consider anyone qualified.
Pennyrile Rural Electric will have to turn the power off to about 15-hundred customers in Trigg County next week.
A news release from Pennyrile says the outage will last approximately four hours and will begin just after midnight October 7th.
Areas affected include Hamtown, Old Dover Road, Cunningham Avenue, South Road to West Maggie Road, Oakland Church Road and several other areas for a total impact of 1,517 customers.
Pennyrile says the outage is necessary to transfer the load serving South Road and Hamtown to the new feeders which have recently been constructed. The outage will be rescheduled if there’s bad weather.
Local entrepreneurs are reminded tomorrow is “Small Business Day” for the United Way of the Pennyrile campaign, which will benefit all parties involved.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp is the co-chair of this year’s campaign and says a 25 dollar donation helps the United Way reach its goal and will get media recognition in Hopkinsville on Small Business Day.
Mayor Kemp says you can drop your donation off at the Chamber of Commerce or a number of other locations in the area.
The United Way of the Pennyrile supports 23 agencies in Christian, Todd, Trigg and Caldwell Counties.