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Unemployed Voters Look to Government for Help
Across the state, employers of all types — manufacturers, banks, governments and even hospitals, part of the typically strong health-care industry — have laid off employees in recent years. Kentucky's unemployment rate has fallen in recent months, but it continues to trail the national measure. The state's jobless rate might be primed to rise again as those who had given up on finding jobs try again. Once they begin searching for a job again, they'll be counted as part of the rate, which is based only on active job seekers. As the hard times persist for many, they have looked to the government for answers in what has become a constant topic in election stump speeches.