Kentucky Quarterly Workforce Report Q2 2016

Online job postings for occupations related to lightweighting in Kentucky increased for a second consecutive quarter during Q2 2016. Kentucky advanced manufacturing employers posted 7,892 online job ads for lightweighting-related occupations between April and June 2016, up slightly from the 7,764 in Q1 when postings had jumped 9% from 7,118 during Q4 2015. Increased employer demand for these workers has also driven employment growth in these occupations. 2016 marks the seventh consecutive year of employment growth for lightweighting-related jobs in Kentucky since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009. In 2009, only 231,195 Kentucky workers were employed in lightweighting-related advanced manufacturing jobs, and in 2016, employment reached just over 280,000.