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Fri November 14, 2008
Gloomy Economic Outlook Reported
By Kentucky Public Radio
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's unemployment rate is the highest in 16 years, manufacturing employment is down five-percent, exports have collapsed, consumer confidence is at an all-time low. It's bad and there's no sunshine on the horizon, says Centre College economist Bruce Johnson. "I don't know how bad it's going to be, but I wouldn't be surprised if we were looking at a recession like we had in the early to mid-1970's."
Other economists on the Consensus Forecasting Group share Johnson's pessimism. Next week, the panel is expected to revise downward state revenue estimates for the current fiscal year. Governor Beshear is already warning of an almost 300-million dollar budget shortfall, which likely will require spending reductions, or worse.