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Workforce

The workforce in our area is at a high level. Higher education levels and low unemployment rates typify our workforce. Skill levels of all types are represented.

Strengths

Higher education rates and local certification programs through vocational training are the strengths of our workforce.

Priorities

As in all areas and cultures, essential skills training is a necessity and priority for our workforce.

Workforce & Training

A variety of programs are in place to help with the workforce issues. Senior Seminar and Middle School Connections are just two of the programs that introduce students to options and needs, as well as skill set needed, in the workforce. Hughes Jones Area Technology Center, Mercer Adult Education and Bluegrass Community and Technical College all have training available for most all employment areas.

Unemployment, Labor Force and Skilled Workforce

The most recent statistics has the Mercer Co. unemployment rate at 4.9%.

Did You Know?

  • Mercer County's unemployment rate of 4.9% is one of the lowest in the state of Kentucky.

Occupations Overview

Occupations in our area are varied and all encompassing. Manufacturing, Agriculture, Tourism, Health Care and Education are the major career fields.

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Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 16 Years and Over 17,158  
Civilian Labor Force
Total 10,538 61.42%
Employed 9,331 88.55%
Unemployed 1,207 11.45%
Workers by General Occupation
Management, business, science, and arts 2,719 29.14%
Data Name Value Percent
Management, business, and financial 1,011 10.83%
Data Name Value Percent
Management 642 6.88%
Business and financial operations 369 3.95%
Computer, engineering, and science 315 3.38%
Data Name Value Percent
Computer and mathematical 77 0.83%
Architecture and engineering 180 1.93%
Life, physical, and social science 58 0.62%
Education, legal, community service, arts, and media 953 10.21%
Data Name Value Percent
Community and social service 177 1.90%
Legal 40 0.43%
Education, training, and library 674 7.22%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media 62 0.66%
Healthcare practitioners and technical 440 4.72%
Data Name Value Percent
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical 272 2.92%
Health technologists and technicians 168 1.80%
Service 1,433 15.36%
Data Name Value Percent
Healthcare support 248 2.66%
Food preparation and serving related 458 4.91%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance 346 3.71%
Personal care and service 219 2.35%
Protective service 162 1.74%
Data Name Value Percent
Law enforcement workers including supervisors 70 0.75%
Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective services workers including supervisors 92 0.99%
Sales and office 2,075 22.24%
Data Name Value Percent
Sales and related 866 9.28%
Office and administrative support 1,209 12.96%
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance 1,184 12.69%
Data Name Value Percent
Farming, fishing, and forestry 88 0.94%
Construction and extraction 566 6.07%
Installation, maintenance, and repair 530 5.68%
Production, transportation, and material moving 1,920 20.58%
Data Name Value Percent
Production 1,304 13.97%
Transportation 315 3.38%
Material moving 301 3.23%
Median Earnings By Occupation
Management, business, science, and arts $42,168
Data Name Value
Management, business, and financial $44,315
Data Name Value
Management $49,079
Business and financial operations $37,481
Computer, engineering, and science $47,388
Data Name Value
Computer and mathematical $48,750
Architecture and engineering $50,000
Life, physical, and social science $23,750
Education, legal, community service, arts, and media $37,448
Data Name Value
Community and social service $31,011
Legal $108,929
Education, training, and library $41,744
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media $12,500
Healthcare practitioners and technical $40,161
Data Name Value
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical $60,200
Health technologists and technicians $27,212
Service $13,427
Data Name Value
Healthcare support $24,107
Food preparation and serving related $7,905
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance $12,500
Personal care and service $15,889
Protective service $38,182
Data Name Value
Law enforcement workers including supervisors $39,545
Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective services workers including supervisors $22,250
Sales and office $27,633
Data Name Value
Sales and related $29,028
Office and administrative support $27,281
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance $27,500
Data Name Value
Farming, fishing, and forestry $11,641
Construction and extraction $25,407
Installation, maintenance, and repair $36,346
Production, transportation, and material moving $32,273
Data Name Value
Production $35,000
Transportation $27,325
Material moving $25,417
Median Earnings, Full-time, Year-Round Workers
All Workers $39,386
Male Workers $42,105
Female Workers $35,104

Occupations

* OES data is not available for this area.
* Minimum wage for workers covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The Federal wage prevails if it is higher than the state standard.
Data Name Value
Right to Work State?
Kentucky No
Minimum Wage
Kentucky $7.25