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The labor force of South Central Kentucky exceeds 137,000, and the broader workforce quickly reaches 750,000 people within a 100-mile radius.
These numbers are impressive, but quantity isn’t everything; the quality of our workforce is unmatched. An astonishing 93% of our manufacturing employers say that productivity of their employees is “good” to “excellent.” Topping this all off, our labor costs are below the national average. We have plenty of workers, skilled and ready, and at a lower rate.
In addition to South Central Kentucky's labor force, nearly 5,000 commuters are coming from within the state to work in the region, as well as more than 2,500 commuters coming from Tennessee.
Contributing to the low overall cost of business that South Central Kentucky offers employers, South Central Kentucky wages are 29% lower than the national average and 13% lower than the state average.
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting||$20,070||$21,225||$37,647|
|Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction||$48,708||$66,846||$99,935|
|Transportation and Warehousing||$47,255||$51,231||$52,385|
|Finance and Insurance||$53,161||$66,111||$98,605|
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing||$35,896||$41,337||$55,549|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||$42,572||$60,697||$87,104|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||$77,150||$97,022||$114,832|
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services||$26,444||$28,499||$37,044|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||$41,541||$47,402||$48,666|
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation||$19,359||$22,896||$34,650|
|Accommodation and Food Services||$14,600||$16,190||$20,339|
|Other Services (except Public Administration)||$22,788||$26,606||$31,199|
|Total - All Industries||$37,483||$42,810||$52,291|
Data as of 2016Q4. *Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding.
Work Ready Communities
Kentucky has the most rigorous certification programs in the nation to allow communities to demonstrate their workforce quality.Warren County was among the first in Kentucky to be certified as a "Work Ready Community" by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. Since then, all South Central Kentucky counties have taken significant steps to becoming certified.
Criteria include: high school graduation rates, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft skills development and Internet availability.
For more information on Kentucky's Work Ready Community Program, click here.