Owensboro’s regional labor market area boasts a well-educated, diverse workforce of approximately 400,000 plus.  Area workers are not just skilled; they are filled with an incomparable work ethic.  That means employers get talented, hard workers.  Four local colleges and universities bring young talent to the area.

Our area offers several programs that support employers and job seekers.

Work Ready Region

Daviess County was one of the first counties in Kentucky to be certified as a Work Ready Community. A Kentucky Work Ready Community certification is a measure of a county’s workforce quality and an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly-skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy.  The certification was granted by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board.

Workforce & Training Data

Data Name Value Percent
Workforce & Training
Total Population 16 years and over
Total Population 16 years and over83,534
Civilian Labor Force
Workers by General Occupation
Management, business, science, and arts occupations13,84529.09%
Management, business, and financial occupations5,11710.75%
Management occupations3,4357.22%
Business and financial operations occupations1,6823.53%
Computer, engineering, and science occupations1,4252.99%
Computer and mathematical occupations5131.08%
Architecture and engineering occupations6511.37%
Life, physical, and social science occupations2610.55%
Education, legal, community service, arts, and media occupations4,0298.47%
Community and social service occupations8521.79%
Legal occupations3380.71%
Education, training, and library occupations2,2794.79%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations5601.18%
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations3,2746.88%
Health diagnosing and treating proactitioners and other technical occupations2,2454.72%
Health technologists and technicians1,0292.16%
Service occupations8,44417.74%
Healthcare support occupations1,1592.44%
Food preparation and serving related occupations3,3236.98%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations1,8223.83%
Personal care and service occupations1,4753.10%
Protective Service occupations6651.40%
Law enforcement workers including supervisors2930.62%
Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective services workers including supervisors3720.78%
Sales and office occupations11,47024.10%
Sales and related occupations4,88410.26%
Office and administrative support occupations6,58613.84%
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations4,5009.46%
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations3100.65%
Construction and extraction occupations2,3404.92%
Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations1,8503.89%
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations9,32919.60%
Production occupations5,41611.38%
Transportation occupations1,8253.84%
Material moving occupations2,0884.39%
Median Earnings, Full-time, Year-Round Workers
All Workers
Daviess County, KY$39,331
Hancock County, KY$45,639
Male Workers
Daviess County, KY$47,145
Hancock County, KY$50,833
Female Workers
Daviess County, KY$32,860
Hancock County, KY$32,296
Right to Work State?
Minimum Wage
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