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New Ranking: Quality of Life for Men and Women

For all the ladies of Lexington, congratulations. Lexington was ranked the #8 city in terms of Quality of Life in the Women’s Health Best Cities for 2009. The ranking uses nearly 9,000 pieces of current data from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor, Nielsen-Claritas, and Simmons-Experian.

The men of Lexington have reason to rejoice as well – they were right behind with a #10 ranking. Women’s Health co-crunched data with Men’s Health to ensure that both men and women know that they can live long and happy lives right here in Lexington.

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/best-and-worst-cities-for-women

http://www.menshealth.com/metrogrades/09-jan-feb/best-worst.html

Kentucky's Unemployment Rate

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090127/BUSINESS/90127027/

The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Kentucky’s unemployment rate has reached a 20 year high of 7.8% (seasonally adjusted).

The article also quotes Justine Detzel, chief labor analyst for the state Office of Employment and Training, as saying that lost construction and manufacturing jobs are the key culprits among the 16,000 jobs lost in Kentucky between November and December.

I’ll post a follow up when Lexington’s numbers are available (probably a couple of weeks).

Cost of Living, 2008 Q4

The 2008 Q4 Cost of Living Index (COLI) numbers were in my inbox when I got to work this morning.

The highlights:

Lexington has inched up ever so slightly compared to the rest of the nation, with its total index score at 95.0, compared with 94.9 in Q3. To those unfamiliar with the COLI, it ranks cities against each other using an index of 100 as the average. So Lexington, at 95.0, is below the national average in terms of the cost of living.

All of the KY cities that participated in Q4 were below the national average.

Of the five cities that participate (Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Bowling Green and Paducah), only Bowling Green improved on their score (had a lower score) compared to Q3.