CBER in the News

29 April 2020 - The Springfield Sun

Officially, Washington County saw an increase of greater than 1 percentage point from the previous month in its unemployment rate for March. The increase, from 3.7% to 4.8%, means that approximately 67 more Washington Countians were looking for work in March than in February, according to the official count.

The numbers could be misleading, however, Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority Director Daniel Carney said.

20 April 2020 - Maggie Davis (WLEX)

TONIGHT! We'll chat with Kentucky economist Michael Clark about the impact Coronavirus could have on the local economy. What would a COVID-19 induced recession look like on a global scale and on a statewide scale? What advice would he give to the average Kentuckian who is concerned about the state of their financials? CHECK IT OUT!

Watch full interview HERE.

19 April 2020 (Northern KY Tribune)

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2020 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

17 April 2020 - Tammy Shaw (The Sentinel-News)

Unemployment is shooting upward across the nation, the commonwealth and the county due to measures to stem the flow of the novel coronavirus.

Although official Kentucky numbers lag, those released Thursday morning show the state’s preliminary unemployment rate for March 2020 at 5.8 percent, up 1.6 points from February and 1.6 points from March 2019.

But these preliminary numbers come with some confusion.

16 April 2020 - Ben Tobin (Louisville Courier Journal)

Roughly 116,000 Kentuckians filed for unemployment last week as part of the roughly 5.25-million Americans to submit new jobless claims who are feeling the economic woes spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

With the 115,763 Kentuckians in Thursday's U.S. Department of Labor report, close to 400,000 residents from the commonwealth, or about 20% of the workforce, have filed for unemployment over the past four weeks.

9 April 2020 - Stephen Loiaconi (WJLA)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — As federal officials and members of Congress weigh further steps to bolster the economy against the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak, economists and the public remain hopeful the nation’s financial health can be mostly restored once the public health crisis has passed.

9 April 2020 - Stephen Loiaconi

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — As federal officials and members of Congress weigh further steps to bolster the economy against the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak, economists and the public remain hopeful the nation’s financial health can be mostly restored once the public health crisis has passed.

7 April 2020 - Lindsey Piercy (UKnow)

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the U.S., the government is responding in unprecedented ways. Measures to protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens — though necessary — will have a lasting impact on the global economy.

Recently, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it would go beyond its prior commitment of $700 billion in bond purchases to buy "the amounts needed.” The goal is to keep markets functioning and the economy stable.

20 March 2020 - Stu Johnson (WEKU)

The director of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research says predicting future profitability on Wall Street is particularly difficult with the current coronavirus crisis.  Mike Clark added how information is processed is also hard to pin down. 

16 March 2020 - Will Wright (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Gov. Andy Beshear ordered the state Monday to begin waiving Kentucky’s waiting period for unemployment benefits as job losses from the novel coronavirus pandemic mounted.

Kentucky Career Center spokeswoman Holly Neal said officials in Kentucky’s unemployment office are working to accommodate the governor’s order.

Beshear also said the state will waive the requirement that applicants search for work while Kentucky remains in a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.