The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet plans to host two sessions in January to educate local officials and community leaders on revised criteria for the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program.
A new study of eastern Kentucky workers says the labor force has declined by 20 percent over the past 10 years as people have stopped looking for work after being stymied by their lack of education and a struggling coal industry.
Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner said in a statement that Bullitt, Montgomery and Trigg counties have been added to the official list of Kentucky Work Ready Communities.
The state says seven counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. The list includes Boyd, Carlisle, Greenup, Marshall, McCracken, Union and Washington counties. In addition, the state says Caldwell, Fulton, Green and Harrison counties have reached the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress level.