Kentucky lightweighting-related employment hits highest levels since 2001

Nearly 290,000 Kentucky workers employed in advanced manufacturing jobs

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FRANFORT, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2018) — Advanced manufacturing employment in Kentucky flourished for the eighth consecutive year in 2017, hitting levels not seen since 2001 with nearly 290,000 Kentucky workers employed. This according to a new report from Detroit-based LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.

Additionally, employer demand for lightweighting-related skills in Kentucky increased by 19 percent in Q4 2017 over Q1 2013, with over 5,500 online job postings.

The quarterly and annual reports, highlighting employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing through 2017, are completed with research and analysis from the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) and Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, a region that’s home to more than 50 percent of the metalworking jobs in the country.

“As employment in the state and across the region surpasses pre-recession levels and continues to reach new heights, we remain committed to working with manufacturers here and across our network to provide opportunities for students and incumbent workers to learn the skills necessary to drive our country’s advanced manufacturing success and long-term sustainability,” said Emily DeRocco, education and workforce director, LIFT.

The top in-demand lightweighting-related occupations in Kentucky included: Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers (4,624 postings); Maintenance and Repair Workers (4,196 postings); Production Workers (1,973 postings); First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers (1,511 postings); and Production, Planning and Expediting Clerks (920 postings).

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) and one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes, is a public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future.

The full Kentucky report can be viewed at: http://lift.technology/education-workforce-development/.

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