Louisville among top cities to work

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Louisville has made the top 10 in a list of best places to work as ranked by the online jobs platform ZipRecruiter.

Dubbing 2017 the year of the job seeker, the company ranked Louisville ninth in a list that includes some bigger players – Boston, Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle. The rankings are based on the amount of job postings available in each city with the number of job seekers for each of those cities using the company’s platform.

In Louisville’s case, the company noted that a central location and low unemployment rate make it attractive for many industries. The Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, posted a 3.5 percent unemployment rate, compared to a 4.5 percent rate a year ago, according to Kentuckiana Works, the region’s workforce development board.

The best local hiring is in health care, retail services and automotive industries. It calculated a ratio for each city – of jobs-to-job-seeker – based on a review of demographic data and local job postings. Louisville 1.09 number means that there’s an average of 1.09 jobs for each job seeker.

“That’s very, very encouraging news,” said Kent Oyler, president and chief executive of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro area chamber of commerce.

GLI estimates that the region has about 30,000 open jobs, with roughly 9,000 of them professional positions. Demographers say a key reason why it’s getting harder to find nurses, accountants and engineers to respond to job postings is an ongoing population shift. Workers of the baby boomer generation are going off the payroll and the younger adult population is not increasing at the same rate.


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