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Workforce

Quantity and quality create the perfect workforce

 

The labor force of South Central Kentucky exceeds 130,000, 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.

Workforce Characteristics

     SCK KENTUCKY
Population 292,864 4,369,356
Labor Force 130,090 2,032,432
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.0%

 

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. 

Wages

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.

  


 
SCK KENTUCKY US
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting $19,393 $20,142 $36,871
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $57,956 $69,274 $102,353
Utilities $56,361 $68,473 $90,577
Construction  $39,269 $45,790 $51,810
Manufacturing $49,218 $55,688 $63,178
Wholesale Trade $47,628 $59,512 $72,225
Retail Trade $24,526  $25,859 $29,593
Transportation & Warehousing $47,274  $50,921 $51,728
Information $38,670 $46,369 $87,855
Finance & Insurance $50,141 $64,851 $98,400
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $36,929 $41,357 $55,388
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services $43,508 $58,869 $86,068

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Administrative and Support and Waste

$77,500 $99,885 $116,845
Management and Remediation Services $24,004 $27,252 $35,954
Educational Services $35,960 $39,376 $46,858
Health Care & Social Assistance $40,612 $46,168 $47,405
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation $19,596 $22,706 $33,908
Accommodation & Food Services $14,510 $15,720 $19,679
Other Services (Except Public Administration) $21,995 $25,657 $30,310
Public Administration $34,289 $44,175 $59,967
Unclassified $19,372 $51,763 $48,611
Total - All Industries $36,313 $41,810 $51,444

 Data as of 2015Q4. *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 includes 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