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Workforce

Quantity and quality create the perfect workforce

 

The labor force of South Central Kentucky exceeds 141,000, 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 the 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 USA
Labor Force Size 141,476 2,087,800 162,248,196
Labor Force Participation Rate  59.4% 59.2% 63.2%
Prime-Age Labor Force  85,866 1,324,982 104,136,254
Prime-Age Labor Force Participation Rate (ages 25-54) 76.7% 77.2% 81.8%

 

Wages

Contributing to the low overall cost of business that South Central Kentucky offers employers, South Central Kentucky wages are 30% lower than the national average and 13% lower than the state average.

  

Industry SCK Kentucky  USA
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $19,554 $23,413 $37,888
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $64,394 $70,260 $105,912
Utilities $61,481 $77,749 $101,704
Construction $46,080 $50,410 $59,709
Manufacturing $54,116 $60,122 $68,669
Wholesale Trade $53,539 $66,350 $79,015
Retail Trade $27,858 $29,000 $33,471
Transportation and Warehousing $49,067 $54,828 $53,891
Information $39,230 $52,337 $111,466
Finance and Insurance $58,847 $74,592 $109,298
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $39,599 $45,290 $60,552
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $46,889 $64,913 $95,546
Management of Companies and Enterprises $81,718 $108,504 $125,741
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services $29,795 $32,898 $41,727
Educational Services $37,197 $43,825 $51,937
Health Care and Social Assistance $42,647 $50,374 $52,775
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $21,378 $24,178 $37,496
Accommodation and Food Services $16,045 $17,786 $22,755
Other Services (except Public Administration) $25,092 $28,685 $34,123
Public Administration $37,839 $47,976 $67,156
Unclassified $39,404 $55,587 $59,380
Total - All Industries $39,929 $46,107 $57,388

 Data as of 2020q1. *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