Kentucky unemployment claims spike, local Chamber working to help employers and displaced workers

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 48,000 Kentuckians filed for unemployment benefits last week, which is a sharp increase compared to the previous week.

Impacts from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic likely fueled the high unemployment numbers.

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is helping both workers and employers by providing information on available jobs at this link.

One local barbershop owner had to file for unemployment for the first time in his life after the state shut down all non essential businesses.

He said the process was easy and he encourages other barbers and people who are currently unemployed to apply for benefits.