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Perhaps our most evident business asset is the caliber of our workforce. The hardworking, loyal and skilled employees within Taylor County and surrounding Labor Market Area have proven time and time again that they possess the know how to give their employers the upper hand.

It’s not surprising that total employment in Taylor County has grown 5.1 percent over the last 12 months as compared to 0.6 percent in Kentucky and 1.6 percent nationally. It’s a reflection of the confidence new and existing employers have in the people of our great community.

Enhanced by an array of quality educational opportunities and our community’s steadfast dedication to implementing creative and effective workforce initiatives, Taylor County has positioned itself as an ideal location for successful, growing companies. Here’s a look at our workforce by the numbers.

Civilian Labor Force

Taylor County Labor Market Area
2017 Sept. 2018 2017 Sept. 2018
Civilian Labor Force 12,174 12,135 76,179 76,649
Employed 11,604 11,638 72,416 73,423
Unemployed 570 497 3,763 3,226
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.7 4.1 4.9 4.2

Source: US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Educational Attainment, Age 25-64

Taylor County Kentucky United States
No High School Diploma 11.6% 12.5% 11.6%
High School Graduate 41.7% 32.5% 26.1%
Some College, No Degree 21.0% 21.9% 21.5%
Associate’s Degree 9.0% 8.9% 8.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.3% 14.7% 20.2%
Postgraduate Degree 7.4% 9.5% 11.6%

Source: JobsEQ

Commuting Patterns (2018 Q2)


Residents in Taylor County Graph

80%
Taylor County Residents Living and Working in County

Residents in Taylor County Graph

67%
Taylor County Employees Living and Working in County

Source: JobsEQ

Average Weekly Wage (2017)

Taylor County Kentucky United States
Total Industries $629 $845 $1,042
Total Private Industries $619 $865 $1,064
Construction $730 $1,011 $1,155
Manufacturing $675 $1,108 $1,272
Trade, Transportation and Utilities $740 $789 $881
Information $899 $1,044 $2,011
Financial Activities $930 $1,236 $1,752
Professional and Business Services $504 $931 $1,377
Education and Health Services $699 $906 $940
Leisure and Hospitality $241 $327 $441

Source: Jobs EQ, Chmura Economics

Average Annual Wage (2018 Q1)


$32,946

Taylor County

$32,276

Taylor County LMA

$43,850

Kentucky

$53,893

United States


Source: JobsEQ

Union Membership (Manufacturing – 2017)


Taylor County 7.5%
Kentucky 13.2%
United States 8.7%

Source: JobsEQ