Kentucky job market
The largest employer in Kentucky is Cincinnati International Airport in Hebron. UPS Worldport uses this airport to move cargo, creating another 6,500 positions.Automotive manufacturers have been moving to non-union Kentucky in drove. Toyota located built a plant in Lexington, providing almost seven thousand Kentucky state jobs. The Ford plant in Louisville yielded another six thousand jobs in Kentucky. Suppliers for these two facilities have created employment for thousands more.
Manufacturing still provides many state of Kentucky jobs. GE Appliances, A All Appliance Repair and companies like Gibbs Die Casting hiring thousands in Louisville.
Mining is still a major source of employment in Kentucky. Logan Aluminum employs almost a thousand people. However, coal mining work is in decline. Demand is down, and mechanization allows more coal to be produced by far fewer people.
Health services are major source of employment. From Kosair Children’s Hospital to Bowling Green Medical Center to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, hospitals provide hundreds if not thousands of positions in communities where they are located.
Northern Kentucky University in Newport and Eastern Kentucky University each supports about two thousand jobs. The VA medical center in Louisville itself employs 1,500.
Kentucky has about 85,000 farms. However, tobacco production is down, while large chicken farms are becoming prevalent. Beef and racehorses also generate significant agricultural revenue.