Research Highlights

Why Did Kentucky’s Unemployment Rate Fall?

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly disrupted economic activity in the United States and Kentucky. Social distancing orders designed to reduce the spread of the virus contributed to numerous businesses reducing their operations and employment.

The Effects of Opioids on Kentucky's Workforce

Growth in opioid abuse creates fiscal pressure on state and local agencies by increasing the need for foster care, health care, criminal justice programs, and many other types of public services.

Kentucky School Districts as Educational Bright Spots

Understanding the reasons for better‐than‐expected performance across Kentucky's 173 school districts, taking into account student outcomes, backgrounds, and school district characteristics.


Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky
Kentucky Research Data Center

CBER in the News

20 November 2020 - Messenger Inquirer

Kentucky’s unemployment rate is on the rise. The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Center for Statistics reported a 7.4% rate in October, up from 5.6% the prior month. 

19 November 2020 - Steve Roger (WTVQ)

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2020 unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2020) — Forty-seven Kentucky schools have been labeled "bright spots" in a new report released by The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.