Kentucky Quarterly Workforce Report Q4 2016

Online job postings for lightweighting-related occupations in Kentucky decreased a slight four percent from 8,123 ads in Q3 to 7,792 in Q4 2016. After a dip to 5,641 postings in Q1 2015, employer demand for workers with lightweight advanced manufacturing skills in Kentucky has grown to generally fluctuate between 7,500 and 8,500 postings per quarter since. 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.