Kentucky unemployment rate rose from 6.4% in December 2017 to 8.4%, according to the latest figures from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8% in March, down from 7.8%, the lowest rate in Kentucky in nearly two years.
However, the state has seen an uptick in applications in recent months, with the latest data showing a total of 14,719 applications.
Kentucky unemployment rate: How it has changed, over the last year.
Source: Bureau of Labour Statistics dataSource: The Associated Press dataThe state’s employment rate fell slightly to 6.9% in February, from 7%.
Kentucky’s unemployment rates for women and minorities have also been trending downward since early this year.
In February, women were at 3.6% and minorities at 2.5%.
Kentuckians are also having trouble finding affordable health insurance through their state’s Medicaid expansion, according to a report released by the Kentucky Insurance Commission on Thursday.
Kentuckian health insurance market is booming, but it has been hard for many people to afford coverage.
The state has a new Medicaid expansion program that began in 2018 and was supposed to cover nearly a million Kentuckians by 2020, but the numbers have been inconsistent.
The new enrollment rate for 2017 was about 9% of the population, but in February it was down to 6%.
In February of 2018, the number was 8%.
For the past two years, the unemployment rate has been trending upward.
Kentucks jobless rate was 6.2% in August of 2017.
Since then, the rate has declined by 0.4 percentage points, according the Bureau of Employment and Labor Statistics, which also reported that the unemployment rates of those with college degrees and recent graduates have declined as well.
In 2018, Kentuckans’ monthly average weekly income increased by $1,839, according a report from the Kentucky Employment Development Corporation.
The increase was $3,739 in September and $2,898 in October.