Kentucky workers are frequent recipients of national awards for quality, efficiency, and productivity. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, productivity in Kentucky exceeds the national average by 13 percent.

Several innovative Kentucky programs contribute to this, including:

  • The Bluegrass State Skills Corporation, which offers matching grants for many types of skills training.
  • Skills Training Investment Tax Credit Program, which gives a tax credit for qualified existing companies to perform skills upgrade and occupational upgrade projects.
  • The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), comprised of 62 campuses across the state to provide accessible and affordable education/training through academic and technical associate degrees; diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry.
  • State Income Taxes


Union Statistics

Kentucky Union Elections
  Total Representative Elections % Won by Union % Lost by Union
2016 12 7 (58%) 5 (41)%
Source: National Labor Relations Board (Union Statistics), 2016.


Kentucky Union Membership - 2016
  % Union Members % Private Sector Union Members
Kentucky 11.0 9.2
United States 10.7 6.4


Kentucky Work Stoppages
  Manufacturing Non-Manufacturing
2016 3 2
2015 2 3
2014 0 1
Source: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service