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

22 May 2021 - Northern KY Tribune

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2021 unemployment rate was 4.7%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS).

21 May 2021 - Karolina Buczek (WLEX)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As Kentucky emerges from the pandemic, the focus is shifting to the state's economic outlook. Gov. Andy Beshear says everything is looking good.

18 May 2020 - Jason Thomas (Louisville Business First)

Kentucky’s economy continues to operate below pre-pandemic levels as employers struggle to fill open positions across the commonwealth.

That’s the takeaway from a recently released Kentucky Chamber of Commerce report.