Research Highlights

Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Housing

This policy brief examines one of the seconary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, beyond the broader economy and health, by looking at housing security in Kentucky and the United States overall. 

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.


Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky
Kentucky Research Data Center

CBER in the News

10 September 2021 - Temi Adeleye (WPSD)

Pandemic unemployment insurance benefits ended earlier this week, and some people are deciding to stay home, leaving businesses struggling with staff shortages.

There are several factors contributing to the issue.

19 August 2021 - Steve Rogers (WTVQ)

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July 2021 unemployment rate was 4.4%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics , an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).

5 August 2021 - Jacqueline Pitts (The Bottom Line News)

Lawmakers in Frankfort got an in-depth look at the status of Kentucky’s economic recovery, including the Commonwealth’s struggle to bring back workers and fill open positions.