Kentucky's unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points in April to 10.6 percent, though the news isn't all good, a state labor market analyst said.
"Kentucky's economy continued to stabilize in April. However, temporary, rather than permanent, jobs, are fueling the employment growth," said Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst for the state Office of Employment and Training.
Kentucky's unemployment rate rose to more than 10 percent last May and has stayed there. April's rate is slightly higher than the 10.4 percent rate a year ago. The rate also continued to outpace the national rate of 9.9 percent.
Seven of the 11 major industries that are tracked showed employment increases in April, while four decreased. Overall, the state gained 7,500 jobs in April, the second straight month of job gains.
The biggest increase, 2,300 jobs, came in the professional and business services sector, which saw gains focused on areas like temporary jobs at payroll and billing support centers.
Other big gains came from the manufacturing sector, which added 2,200 jobs in April because of the opening of a steel cabinet manufacturer and expansion at other plants, Detzel said.
The other sectors seeing gains included government; construction; trade, transportation and utilities; and education and health services.
Sectors that lost jobs were leisure and hospitality, which lost 900 jobs; financial activities, down 300; information sector, down 200; and mining and logging, which lost 100.