Workforce Overview

It’s no secret that the key factor to any productive and happy workplace is its workforce. Engagement, work ethic, training, experience and pure ambition are just a few of the buzz words that can predict success for both the employer and the employee. Kentucky Crossroads takes great pride in helping our region’s businesses find and keep the best and brightest talent.

More than 25 percent of our residents have achieved an Associate’s Degree or higher, while all of our counties have been state certified as either Work Ready, Work Ready in Progress or are on the journey to accomplishing the distinguished designation.

Additionally, each of our communities and member companies are actively engaged in the statewide KY FAME program, a dual-track, apprenticeship-style training program that is accelerating the pipeline of highly skilled workers.

You can learn more about Work Ready, KY FAME and some of the other innovative workforce programs on the Workforce Initiatives page. Also want to learn more about the many post-secondary schools that are actively educating and preparing our citizens for the future? Just visit our Higher Education page and we’ll be happy to tell you more.

Below is a snapshot of Kentucky Crossroads’ workforce.

Civilian Labor Force

Kentucky Crossroads Labor Market Area
2017 July 2018 2017 July 2018
Civilian Labor Force 118,830 120,020 700,748 713,856
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.9 5.3 4.4 4.7

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics / Jobs EQ.

Commuting Patterns

Residents of Kentucky Crossroads

KYCR Commuting Pattern Graph
Working and Residing in County

Commuting out of county
Employees of Kentucky Crossroads

LMA Commuting Pattern Graph
Working and Residing in County

Commuting out of county
Mean Commute Time
23.8 minutes

Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Journey-To-Work & Migration Statistics Branch. Note: Data for Kentucky and its border states only. / Jobs EQ

Average Weekly Wage, 2015

Kentucky Crossroads Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.
Total All Industries $683 $834 $1,018
Total Private Industries 688 831 1,017
Natural Resources and Mining 559 1,075 1,124
Construction 812 993 1,096
Manufacturing 898 1,091 1,237
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 586 758 852
Information 726 944 1,829
Financial Activities 821 1,169 1,691
Professional and Business Services 528 878 1,332
Education and Health Services 814 878 911
Leisure and Hospitality 267 312 419
Other Services and Unclassified 467 591 691

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Percentage of Residents with an Associate’s Degree or higher

Percent Residents with Associates Degree or Higher