More than a dozen Kentucky Career Centers around the state are ready to help what they hope will be an influx of job seekers now that federal unemployment benefits have expired.
More than 86,000 Kentuckians were still out of work in July, nearly a year-and-a-half since the start of the pandemic.
The federal government suspended enhanced unemployment benefits on Sept. 6, and with people losing that extra $300 a week, that could send more looking for work.
Jon Sowards, head of the South Central Workforce Development Board, said employers have made returning to the workforce more lucrative.
“Ask yourself, 'which side of the wave do you want to be on?'. Do you wanna be on the front side or the back side? If you’re on the front side, right now what we’re seeing is that wages are higher than ever, compensation and benefits packages are better than ever, there’s more bonuses than I’ve ever seen.”