Friday, June 17, 2011

Sure, some people got jobs...but what KIND of jobs?

I'm sure we'll hear the administration crowing about the fact that Kentucky's jobless rate dropped below 10 percent for the first time in more than two years.

And yes, it's good anytime the jobless rate drops.

But look closely here at May's unemployment numbers, compared to a year ago:

*Jobs in Kentucky's trade, transportation and utilities sector -- the largest sector in Kentucky: Down.

*Jobs in the educational and health services sector: Down.

*Jobs in the manufacturing sector: Down.

*Jobs in the professional and business services sector: Down.

*Jobs in the construction sector: Down.

About the only bright spot as far as jobless numbers go is in the leisure and hospitality sector, where presumably seasonal job gains increased. This sector includes "arts, entertainment and recreation, accomodations and food services, and drinking places industries."

The experts attribute job increases in this sector to the fact that numerous restaurants had opened. Not exactly the high-paying, lucrative jobs we need to claim that Kentucky has turned the employment corner.

But there is one other piece of good news here. Jobs in the government sector: Down, too.

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