Unemployment benefits for Kentuckians that were set to expire at the end of 2009 are being continued through Feb. 28, 2010. The move affects more than 32,000 Kentuckians. The state’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 10.7 percent in December 2009 from 10.6 percent in November 2009. The December jobless rate is 3.1 percentage points higher than the 7.6 percent rate recorded in December 2008 for Kentucky. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained at 10 percent from November 2009 to December 2009.
Nonprofit business resource organizations across the state have joined forces to launch a resource navigator and Web tool for small businesses. The Web site, kybizinfo.com, provides users with contact information for more than 100 nonprofit resource providers, ranging from lenders and chambers of commerce to consultants and government economic development agencies. The site also features a resource navigator that gathers basic information from the user regarding their current business needs and guides them to the nonprofit resource that will best address those needs. Access to the site is free of charge. Nonprofit organizations interested in being included in the resource navigator should contact Jenny Case, KyBizInfo Project Coordinator, at (859) 257-0104 or [email protected]. There are no fees for resource partners to participate.