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News Briefs: April 16, 2010

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By The Staff

 Last day to mail Census

If you haven’t mailed in your 2010 census questionnaire, today’s your last chance. If you don’t have your form postmarked today, you likely will be visited by a door-to-door census taker in a nonresponse follow-up operation that begins May 1 and continues into July.

As of Thursday, 69 percent of households in Kentucky had mailed back their census forms, matching the state’s mail participation rate in Census 2000. Kentucky joins three other states in the nation that have met or exceeded its Census 2000 mail participation rate: North Carolina South Carolina and Tennessee. Nationally, 67 percent of households have returned their questionnaires.

You can get a Be Counted census form by visiting a Be Counted or Questionnaire Assistance Center. To find a Be Counted site near you, go to 2010census.gov and click “Need Help with Your Form?” For multilanguage help in filling out your form, call toll-free 1-866-872-6868.

 

State’s unemployment

falls to 10.7 in March

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 10.7 percent in March 2010 from a revised 10.9 percent in February 2010, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported.

March 2010’s jobless rate is .6 percentage points higher than the 10.1 percent rate recorded in March 2009 and matches January 2010.

“Kentucky's economy showed some signs of stabilization in March 2010.  However, the employment gains are inflated by employees at a major manufacturer returning to work after a temporary layoff and temporary hiring at a federal agency engaged in data collection efforts,” said Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained at 9.7 percent from February 2010 to March 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to the seasonally adjusted employment data, Kentucky’s trade, transportation and utilities sector jumped by 4,500 jobs in March 2010. This area includes retail and wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing businesses and utilities.

Construction sector jobs surged by 2,000 in March 2010. Since March 2009, employment in the construction sector has fallen by 10,100 jobs.

 

Guthrie’s rep in Shelby

Steve Miller, field representative for U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, will hold office hours in Shelby County at 10-11 a.m. Monday at the Stratton Community Center located at 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

Individuals from the area are encouraged to meet with Miller, who will be available to answer any questions and address concerns regarding current issues or problems with federal agencies.  He will forward all comments to Guthrie.

To get the latest information from Guthrie’s office, please sign up for the e-newsletter at Guthrie.house.gov or 270-842-9896.

 

Underwood to speak at Rotary

Tom Underwood, the Kentucky director of National Federation of Independent Business, will be the program speaker at the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 20. Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and Fifth streets in Shelbyville.