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Kentucky Unemployment Office To Reinstate Work Search Requirements

The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance will reinstate work search requirements on May ninth.  That comes after a waiver of that requirement during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.  

General Counsel for the governor Amy Cubbage said Thursday claimants must seek suitable fulltime employment and report at least one job contact per week. “If you’re not able to find comparable work after a reasonable period of time or if it’s not available in your area, you can adjust that work search and you may have to look for a job that may pay less or is located further away from your home,” said Cubbage. 

Governor Andy Beshear said significant changes in police training have occurred over the last year and a half. The governor addressed graduates of criminal justice training in Richmond.  Later during the briefing, Beshear said de-escalation and cultural awareness training have been emphasized.  And the governor said efforts to increase diversity in Kentucky State Police are showing some success.   “Our new office of recruiting is getting some significant results on helping to diversity of training classes there.  That’s something we’ll hope to see statewide.  Just like teaching and every other profession, we need to make sure each of them look more like the communities that they serve,” said Beshear. 

Also at his coronavirus briefing, Governor Andy Beshear reported 628 new cases and five additional deaths, all of which occurred in April.  The governor said the positivity rate fell slightly to 3.36%, which he said indicates a plateauing of coronavirus. 

Beshear says two Federal Emergency Management Agency regional vaccination sites will be established, one each in Eastern and Western Kentucky.  The governor said the aim is to reach areas where vaccination levels are low. 

Regarding vaccinations, Beshear remains convinced the Commonwealth can reach a total of 2.5 million Kentuckians by early July.  The state continues to hover around 800,000 more vaccinations to get to that point.  The governor said he won’t require vaccinations and added any move to make them mandatory would likely prove counterproductive.  Beshear says less testing will likely take place but it should still be sufficient to appropriately track spread. 

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