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 July 2021 - Dalton Godbey (WDRB)

The unemployment rate in Kentucky rose 1.6% in just 30 days last month.

The rate sat at 3.9% unemployed in May, and surged to 5.5% in the month of June.

15 July 2021 - Steve Rogers (WTVQ)

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

1 July 2021 - Karah Wilson (McLean County News)

As of May 2021, McLean County’s unemployment rate is 3.6%, 5% less than in May 2020, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics.