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Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed 1,654 people in jobs in the first seven months of fiscal year 2011, just three shy of the total number of placements the organization achieved in the year 2010.
The job creation, training and placement agency for Kentuckians with disabilities or other barriers to employment also paid out $9,222,566 in mission-related wages from September 2010 through April 2011, slightly up from 2010.
“At this time last year, we had placed 773 individuals in jobs, which was an increase over 2009,” stated Roland R. Blahnik, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “We expect to see our placement figures follow this upward trajectory for the remainder of the year as the number of people who come to Goodwill for job training and placement assistance continues to rise.”
While the primary function of Goodwill’s donation and retail centers are to create jobs and job training opportunities, the centers also generate revenue to support a variety of employment and placement programs throughout the state. The agency served nearly 10,800 individuals in 2010 and is on pace to exceed that number in 2011.
Goodwill operates 59 donation and retail centers in 39 counties, including Taylor.