Being a great place to live also means being a great place to work. A thriving economy helps the tax base (so there’s more money for city improvements) and helps a city attract and retain talent. The median household income in Kentucky is $43,740, and check out our data to give you an inside look at its key industries and job opportunities.
Kentucky offers a rich and varied array of companies, from the health sector to manufacturing and education.
As the site of many corporate headquarters and start-up operations, Louisville major employers offer employment opportunities in diverse industries.
Kentucky's economic engine is firing on all cylinders, driving a powerful and diverse economy that generated a Gross Domestic Product of $165 billion in 2011 and includes auto production, advanced manufacturing, energy technology, life sciences and health-care industries known around the world.
Kentucky has seven operating river ports and its access to the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers provides shipping conduits to the Great Lakes, Mexican and South American markets, and to the deep-draft ports of New Orleans and Mobile for shipments overseas.
More than 400 international companies call Kentucky home. Under the leadership of Gov. Steve Beshear, the state has made attracting foreign investment and jobs a top priority.
Kentucky Grows Its Export Market with a Federally Funded Program.
UPS Worldport in Louisville and DHL Express in Northern Kentucky have helped establish Kentucky as a leader in fulfillment services for some of the biggest names in the shopping/shipping sector, including Amazon.com, Zappos, Best Buy and rising stars such as Gilt Groupe and Nasty Gal.
Renewable and alternative fuels are on the rise in Kentucky, thanks to innovative energy companies, strong research assets and state support.
Entrepreneur funding and support network boost startups in Kentucky.
Kentucky's growing advanced manufacturing sector takes many forms at companies from big automakers Ford and Toyota to GE to Alltech Algae, Mazak Corp. and NuForm Materials. The Commonwealth has jumped in with workforce education and incentive programs to meet employers' needs.