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Appalachian Regional Commission

A new report from the Appalachian Regional Commission shows that Central Appalachia lags behind other parts of the region in employment, household income, and other key measures.

The data come from the American Community Survey, which is similar to the census and tracks county-level data over five-year periods. Researchers often use the survey to understand trends over time.

The Appalachian Regional Commission, which analyzed the ACS data, separated Appalachia into five subregions. In many key metrics, Central Appalachia, which includes parts of Kentucky and West Virginia, lagged behind other subregions.


Lisa Gillespie

Kentucky employers and addiction treatment providers are throwing their weight behind Senator Mitch McConnell’s opioid bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate.

Known as the CAREER Act, McConnell’s bill would funnel millions of dollars into the state to help people with opioid addictions obtain jobs and safe housing.

McConnell took part in discussions about the opioid crisis in Louisville Monday.

Under the bill, 10 states with the highest rates of drug overdoses, which would include Kentucky, would get funding for five years starting in 2019. Scott Hesseltine, vice president of addiction services at addiction and mental health service provider Centerstone, said jobs and housing are common challenges for people finishing inpatient recovery programs.

An international information technology company is adding 1,300 new jobs at its facilities in London and Winchester, Kentucky.

The new General Dynamics positions will provide technical assistance for the implementation of the federal government’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The General Dynamics site in London will employ up to 1,000 people, with the Winchester facility taking on 300 new workers.

The company already employs 400 people at a site in Corbin.

The new positions are for customer service representatives who will work in call centers at the facilities.

General Dynamics is holding job fairs for prospective applicants July 20 and 27 at the Somerset Community College Laurel Campus in London from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Job fairs will be held in Winchester July 15 and 16 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus in Clark County.

Temporary workers are needed for this year's Kentucky State Fair, and applications will be accepted starting Monday. The Courier-Journal says positions include maintenance staff, grounds, housekeeping, admission gate keepers, tour guides and tram drivers.

A southern Tennessee county is poised to gain up to 800 new jobs when a subsidiary of Fiat expands its auto supply plant. The nearly $54 million expansion of the Magneti Marelli plant in Giles County will provide a major boost to manufacturing jobs throughout the region.