Fayette County’s best opportunities for job growth may lie outside manufacturing. In a report delivered Tuesday to Lexington’s city hall, demographic specialist Ron Crouch made some predictions on job growth between now and the year 20-18. With suitable land in short supply, Crouch says there are few places to build new factories. “You know one of the things I hear in Lexington-Fayette County is , you need more manufacturing jobs. Well, in fact, because of cost of the land in Fayette County and the cost of doing business, you’re probably not an area that’s gonna attract a lot of manufacturing. It’s gonna be more health care, more retail trade, and more education,” said Crouch.
Crouch says ensuring the work force is ready for high-end, technical jobs is important. But, the state’s Research and Statistics Director says much of the growth will come in non-technical jobs.
“Number one is waitresses, number two is cashiers, number three is a high growth area, registered nurses as far as requiring education, good pay, number four is retail trade, number five is food preparation service workers, number six is stock clerks and order fillers. So, what that tells you is, even though our economy is being grown in jobs, most of those jobs are not high skilled jobs,” added Crouch.
Crouch says central Kentucky’s workforce will need more health care providers, sales personnel and educators. While the number of young residents is shrinking, he told members of Lexington’s city council to expect more middle aged workers. In Kentucky, the State Research and Statistic Director adds 42 percent of all kids are born to single-mother households. Crouch adds the vast majority of those single moms are not teenagers.