Kentucky sees jobs increase by 21,200 in 2011

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state agency is reporting that Kentucky had substantial job growth during 2011.

The Office of Employment and Training released data Wednesday showing 21,200 jobs added in the state.

State economist Manoj Shanker said the growth in employment shows Kentucky's economy "clearly made strides" in recovering from the recession.

Some of the greatest growth in 2011 came in the employment in the professional services sector that supplies temporary employees to businesses. It added 8,200 jobs. The trade, transportation and utilities sector added 3,700 jobs. Education and health services grew by 4,400 jobs. The manufacturing sector added 3,300 jobs. And the leisure and hospitality sector added 2,000 jobs.

The biggest losers include the construction and information sectors.

Kentucky had the 12th highest annual unemployment rate in the nation in 2011.

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