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

16 April 2021 - Tom Latek (Kentucky Today)

There were some possible signs of an improving economy on Thursday. Kentucky’s jobless rate in March declined from the previous month as did the number of jobless claims nationwide.

16 April 2021 - Northern Kentucky Tribune

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2021 unemployment rate was 5%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS).

28 March 2021 - Keith Lawrence (Messenger-Inquirer)

The U.S. Census Bureau says the number of apartment units built in 2019 was roughly the same as the year before.

But the number dropped by 15,000 from 2017, when 294,800 were built.