FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.8 percent in December.
The state Office of Employment and Training said Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment did not change from November, but it is 0.9 percentage points lower than the 5.7 percent unemployment rate for December 2015. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Kentucky’s civilian labor force grew by 11,903 people to a total of just over 2 million. Employment was up by more than 11,700 and the number of unemployed increased by 188.
One of the biggest growth areas was trade, transportation and utilities, which added 2,100 jobs. That sector includes retail, which added more jobs for the holiday season. Government jobs decreased by 100 compared to November and have dropped by 2,600 positions since December 2015.
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The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. A new year often feels like a fresh start, a great opportunity to eliminate bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow emotionally, socially, physically or intellectually. Of course, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep and by the end of January many of us have abandoned our resolve and settled back into our old patterns.
Choose a Specific, Realistic Goal
Every year, millions of adults resolve to “lose weight” or “get in shape” during the next year. Instead of selecting such an ambiguous goal, focus on something more concrete that you can realistically set your sights on. For example, you might commit to losing 10 pounds or running a mini-marathon. Choosing a concrete, achievable goal also gives you the opportunity to plan exactly how you are going to accomplish your goal over the course of the year.
Start With Small Steps
Taking on too much is a common reason why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail. Dramatically slashing calories, over-doing it at the gym, or radically altering your normal behavior are sure-fire ways to derail your plans. Instead, focus on taking tiny steps that will ultimately help you reach your larger goal.
Avoid Repeating Past Failures
Another strategy for keeping your New Year’s Resolution is to not make the exact same resolution year after year.
Remember That Change Is a Process
Those unhealthy habits that you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so how can you expect to change them in just a matter or days, weeks, or months? It may take longer than you would like to achieve your goals, but remember that this is not a race to the finish. Once you have made the commitment to changing a behavior, it is something that you will continue to work on for the rest of your life.
Don’t Let Small Stumbles Bring You Down
Encountering a setback is one of the most common reasons why people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. If you suddenly relapse into a bad habit, don’t view it as a failure. The path toward your goal is not a straight one and there are always going to be challenges. Instead, view relapses as learning opportunities.
Get Support From Your Friends and Family
Yes, you’ve probably heard this advice a million times, but that is because the buddy system actually works. Having a solid support system can help you stay motivated. Explain what your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal.
Renew Your Motivation
During the first days of a New Year’s Resolution, you will probably feel confident and highly motivated to reach your goal. Because you haven’t really faced any discomfort or temptation associated with changing your behavior, making this change might seem all too easy.
Keep Working on Your Goals
By February, many people have lost that initial spark of motivation that they felt immediately after making their New Year’s Resolution. Keep that inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after facing setbacks. If your current approach is not working, reevaluate your strategies and develop a new plan.
Consider keeping a resolution journal, where you can write about your successes and struggles. Write down the reasons why you are working toward your goal so that you can refer to them during times when you feel uninspired and unmotivated. By sticking with it and working on your goal all year long, you can be one of the few able to say that you really did keep your New Year’s Resolution.
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office along with Kentucky State Police have arrested a second suspect in the armed robbery case that took place during the early morning hours of December 19th on North Loretto Road. Lydia M. Roller (23) of Lebanon was located in a vehicle on the afternoon of December 29th at the Marion/Taylor County line on Campbellsville Highway. The robbery investigation identified Roller as one of three persons involved in the crime. Roller was taken into custody and lodged in the Marion County Detention Center on an active warrant charging her with Robbery 1st degree and Assault 1st degree. The investigation and search continues for the remaining suspect.
On December 29 at 5:27 pm in the limits of Gravel Switch Marion County Deputy Sheriff Courtney Deering was attempting to take Richard T. Sallee (19) of Lebanon into custody on a warrant when Sallee fled on foot from the Deputy. After a short foot pursuit Deputy Deering was able to catch Sallee and take him into to custody. Sallee was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center on the warrant and the additional charge of Fleeing or Evading Police.
DANVILLE, Ky. (WLEX) – Two Kentucky men are behind bars after an accidental call to 911 revealed their robbery plans.
Danville police say Robert Bourne and David Grigsby were overheard discussing the possibility of robbing Brothers BBQ and Brewing, the same restaurant where Police Chief Tony Gray was eating dinner at the time.
Investigators were able to ping the cell phone’s location and discovered the men were actually in the restaurant’s parking lot at the time.
So far the pair have only been charged with public intoxication.
The 911 tape will be turned over to the prosecutor’s office to see if other charges will be filed.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has named Terry Gill Jr. as secretary of the state’s Cabinet for Economic Development, effective Jan. 1.
Gill most recently served as president of the Cincinnati-based east division of OneTouchPoint, a Wisconsin-based marketing services organization.
Terry Gill Jr. has been named secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective Jan. 1.
Terry Gill Jr. has been named secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development,… more
Before that, he was vice president of EnterpriseCorp, a division of Greater Louisville Inc. that focuses on increasing the number of high-potential companies headquartered in the Louisville area. He was named to that position in December 2014 and left in July 2015.
Before coming to EnterpriseCorp, he was president and CEO of FetterGroup, a Louisville-based printing company.
Gill holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in economics from the University of Kentucky. In addition to his charitable and civic involvement, he is a board member and serves on the Investment Committee for AccessVentures, a Louisville-based impact investment firm.
Bevin had not named an economic development secretary since taking office last December. The previous secretary was Erik Dunnigan, whom the previous governor, Steve Beshear, named as acting secretary when Larry Hayes announced his retirement in November 2015.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball says the state is offering special bank accounts to people with disabilities.
The accounts allow people with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for federal programs like Medicaid and the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Money deposited in the accounts are exempt from federal income tax as long as the money is spent on qualified disability expenses.
Ball said the accounts, called STABLE Kentucky Accounts, were legalized by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in 2014. She said the accounts are similar to normal bank accounts, but said the money can also be invested. Ball said the money can be spent on things like education, health care, housing and transportation.
People can sign up at stablekentucky.com
High School Basketball this week includes a girl boy doubleheader on Tuesday night as Green County comes to Lebanon to face Marion County. Tipoff for the Girls is set for 6:30 from the Roby Dome. Hal B. Goode & Jim Reed have the coverage starting at 6:15 here on 100.9 WLSK and online at wlskfm.com
High School Basketball this week includes a girl boy doubleheader on Friday night as Bethlehem County comes to Springfield for a 19th District game to face Washington County. Tipoff for the Girls is set for 6. The WLSK sports team will have the coverage starting at 5:50 here on 100.9 WLSK and online at wlskfm.com
High School Basketball this week includes a girl boy doubleheader on Saturday night as Campbellsville comes to Lebanon to face Marion County for a 20th District matchup . Tipoff for the Girls is set for 6:00 from the Roby Dome. Hal B. Goode & Chad Spaulding have the coverage starting at 5:50 here on 100.9 WLSK and online at wlskfm.com