Last year’s blog entry Jobs in Lexington – Mapped! explored Robert Manduca’s Where Are The Jobs? Map, which used data from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics database to map every job in the United States. At the time, 2010 was the most recent data available but 2014 data has since been published and Mr. Manduca has updated his map.
Each dot represents one job and is color-coded by industry:
- Red – Manufacturing and Trade
- Blue – Professional Services
- Green – Healthcare, Education, and Government
- Yellow – Retail, Hospitality, and Other Services
Lexington’s workforce is easily spotted on a national scale, indicating the competitiveness of our region.
Taking a closer look at the city, Lexington continues to demonstrate a healthy diverse economy, represented by all four colors and industries citywide:
Manufacturing and trade jobs (red) are concentrated around the north side of the city. Some of the city’s major manufacturers include Lockheed Martin (1,100 employees), Webasto Roof Systems (760 employees), Big Ass Solutions (701 employees), Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co. (700 employees), and Schneider Electric (500 employees), among others.
Manufacturing, particularly advanced manufacturing is a key aspect of the Bluegrass Region’s economy and is a targeted industry for Lexington’s economic development. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, there are over 2,400 manufacturers in Kentucky employing nearly 245,000 Kentuckians full time and producing national brands such as Pop-Tarts, Dixie Cups, Jif Peanut Butter (in Lexington), Post-It Notes, Hot Pockets, Kentucky Ale, Tiffany & Co. jewelry (in Lexington), numerous brands of bourbon, and automobiles such as Toyota Camrys. (Read more about Lexington’s advanced manufacturing here).
Healthcare, education, and government jobs (green) are concentrated in the center of Lexington. The two green blocks near downtown represent the University of Kentucky, which employs 12,500 people and is the largest employer in the Bluegrass Region. Programs and people at UK provide high quality talent and innovation to the workforce in all areas of the economy, strengthening and growing our economy.
Lexington has a strong base of healthcare providers with six major medical centers including Baptist Health Lexington, KentuckyOne Health, and the UK Medical Center. The UK Healthcare System is an extensive network with three hospitals and fifteen clinics. Lexington is a healthcare hub serving people from all over the Bluegrass Region and direct patient care is a major employment industry, with quality human capital for medical professionals.
The healthcare industry in Lexington is supported by strong ties to academic programs at the University of Kentucky. UK has one of the nation’s top pharmacy programs and ranks nationally in the number of R&D expenditures. In addition, Lexington is home to the only research and development business park in the state of Kentucky — UK’s Coldstream Research Campus. Coldstream, a 735-acre office park, was specifically designed for recruiting high-tech and biotech companies, as well as university centers and start-ups. (Read more about Lexington’s life sciences industry here.)
Professional service jobs (blue) have a high concentration in downtown and appear throughout the city. In 2015, Lexington’s business and professional services sector employed around 27,000 people, including legal, architectural, engineering, consulting, and real estate firms, as well as back-office support operations, accounting and payroll services, and processing facilities. The business service industry leader in Lexington is Xerox, which employs around 3,100 people. (Read more about Lexington’s professional and businesses services here.)
Retail and hospitality jobs (yellow) contribute to Lexington’s thriving visitor industries. As the heart of the horse industry, the start of the Bourbon Trail, and the home of the University of Kentucky, Lexington draws visitors for events and conferences organized by VisitLEX at the Lexington Convention Center, which contains Rupp Arena and the Lexington Opera House. In addition, Lexington has attracted visitors through both national and international events, such as the Creative Cities Summit, the Alltech World Equestrian Games, and the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championship. Lexington is a great place for business and leisure, and growing the area’s visitor industries is an important aspect of economic development. (Read more about Lexington’s visitor industries here.)
The four colors on the Jobs Map represent the following NAICS industry codes:
- Red, Manufacturing and Trade – 11 (Agriculture and Forestry), 21 (Mining), 22 (Utilities), 23 (Construction), 31-33 (Manufacturing), 42 (Wholesale Trade), 48-49 (Transportation and Warehousing)
- Blue, Professional Services – 51 (Information), 52 (Finance and Insurance), 53 (Real Estate), 54 (Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services), 55 (Management of Companies and Enterprises)
- Green, Healthcare, Education, and Government – 61 (Educational Services), 62 (Health Care), 81 (Other Services – largely Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations)
- Yellow, Retail, Hospitality, and Other Services – 44-45 (Retail Trade), 56 (Administrative and Support Services), 71 (Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation – largely Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation), 72 (Accommodation and Food Services)