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Business and Jobs in Lexington-Nicholasville, Kentucky

Updated on February 28, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment &Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

The Castle, a unique horse farm near Versailles KY.
The Castle, a unique horse farm near Versailles KY.

Biotechnology and Healthcare Jobs Grow

Nicholasville is the fastest growing place in Kentucky, as reported by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This mega-growth is related to the remarkable increase in jobs from 2010 through 2013, with a full 11,000 job openings available by January 2014 (Reference: US Census Bureau and Department of Labor). By March 2017, the greater metro area was offering 10,000+ positions among the major search engines SimplyHired,, and Craigslist Jobs.

The local unemployment rate is only 4.5%, indicating that the area does not have enough workers to fill advertised positions. There may be 1,000 fewer jobs in number from 2014 - 2017, but also a lack of job seekers to fill them.

Despite thriving business in Jessamine County, Nicholasville is still a small town in the Bluegrass Region along the Kentucky River, where you can view and enjoy the cliffs near the Palisades.

Indian Companies are Coming to Kentucky

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Most would not realize that where world leaders go, economic development opportunities follow.

— Nicholasville Mayor Russ Meyer

Nicholasville means to keep growing and sustaining momentum through global outreach. Successfully so, they have received a diplomatic visit from India's Dr. Abdul Kalam, which bodes well for international commerce between the Kentucky city and businesses on the Subcontinent, barring any immigration obstacles in the late 2010s..

Already, companies like Alltech, an important international biotechnology company, have constructed headquarters in Nicholasville. Humana, Inc.bases its HQ nearby in Louisville and provides a range of health insurance products and services.

An outstanding downtown development plan continually attracts additional enterprises to town.

Aerospace Businesses from India to Kentucky

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the Former President of India and a world-renowned Space Scientist associated with the Indian Space Research Organisation. Telemedicine and Biodiversity Information are potential areas for development in Nicholasville.

Bluegrass Region Of Kentucky

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Top Job Listers

Government agencies, the Chamber of Commerce, and major job search engines reveal the following companies as those advertising the most jobs:

  1. University of Kentucky: Biotechnology and other jobs.
  2. Eastern Kentucky University
  3. Lockheed Martin: Aerospace and Defense, member of the NASA Commercial Crew.
  4. Rush Trucking, other trucking companies.
  5. Dollar General, Family Dollar Stores
  6. Saudi Aramco: Oil and Gas Production
  7. Affiliated Computer Services (ACS)
  8. Ben K & Associates: Healthcare Services.
  9. Fallstaff Travel Nursing: Travel nurses, medical assistants, technicians, other.
  10. Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, McDonald's: Casual Dining places.
  11. AT&T
  12. Bechtel Corporation: Biggest construction and civil engineering company in America.
  13. Catalent Pharma Solutions: Biotechnology.
  14. Hannah Resource Group: Biotech, Pharmaceuticals.
  15. Ashland Chemical/Oil: Oil production and Valvoline Oil Centers

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Engineers: Includes bio-engineering
  2. Physicians: Family Physicians and several specialties
  3. Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  4. Sales Representatives: Inside and Outside Sales, including medical devices.
  5. Manager Trainees and Assistant Managers
  6. Phlebotomists
  7. Retail Salespeople
  8. Automotive Technicians
  9. News/Journalism Interns
  10. Truck Drivers: CDL Licensed and others.
  11. Registered Nurse (RN) Supervisors
  12. Hotels Unlimited - Executive Apprentice Program

Largest Employers of Louisville - Lexington- Nicholasville

  1. Humana Inc. - Insurance products and related healthcare services.
  2. Norton Psychiatric Center
  3. University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky Hospital
  4. UPS - Transport/delivery
  5. Ford Motor Company Truck and Auto Plants
  6. General Electric Consumer and Industrial Division
  7. Korsair Children's Hospital
  8. Lexmark International
  9. University of Louisville and University of Louisville Hospital
  10. Central Baptist Hospital Lifeline
  11. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
  12. St. Joseph Hospital
  13. Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield: Insurance

Government Projections for Job Growth

  1. Network Systems/Data Communications Analysts - approx. 54% growth, 2006 - 2016. Inspring 2010, these job titles began to increase more visibly in job listings.
  2. Court Reporters
  3. Personal and Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  4. Veterinary Techs: his should be a rising-demand job title in view of successful horse farming in the area, especially celebrity-owned farms. See #7 below.
  5. Database Administrators
  6. Personal Financial Advisors: The demand for these jobs have fluctuated from summer 2008 - spring 2010, but showed an overall moderate increase. In spring 2010, these job listings were on the upswing. New financial jobs of this nature indicate a moderately growing local economy, reinforced by the fact that this area of Kentucky is the fastest growing for residential and business concerns. Look for growth in the rest of this job title list, particularly in the IT related titles in all industry clusters.
  7. Veterinarians: See #4 above.
  8. Computer Software Engineers
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Pharmacy Technicians
  11. Physical Therapy Assistants - In spring 2010, this was the sole job title in the projections list to show high-demand status locally.
  12. Computer Systems Analysts
  13. Photographers
  14. Massage Therapists
  15. Foreign Language and Literature Teachers: College Level

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Downtown Nicholasville Plans To Grow

The downtown area continues improvement in infrastructure, business development, Historic District, the creation of additional green spaces, and the coming together of a solid community-within-a- community. It is a gem of developing architecture, culture, business, and comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.

The Downtown Community Center is an especially good anchor organization. An additional $1.5 million was allocated for renewal for 2011, with continued funding continued through the end of the 2010s.

A local horse farm. William Shatner's Belle Reve Saddlebred is another farm near Nicholasville, in Versailles.
A local horse farm. William Shatner's Belle Reve Saddlebred is another farm near Nicholasville, in Versailles.

Agricultural Business

Amid a comfortable small-town lifestyle and ambience, residents and visitors can use Nicholasville as a base for traveling short distances to Louisville and Lexington for big city features. This is Central Kentucky, where agricultural has been part of the economy forever. Cattle and tobacco are giving way to alternative crops these days, though.

A growing sector of agri-tourism and wine production is also new, with the first commercial vineyard in the USA here. The huge Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest is held in Nicholasville in the middle of May each year to celebrate this industry, offering an amateur wine competition to encourage new growers.

The vineyards and other agricultural installations are surrounded by horse farms and golf courses in the north end of the county and visitors love them all.

Downtown Lexington KY, less than 10 miles northeast of Nicholasville.
Downtown Lexington KY, less than 10 miles northeast of Nicholasville.

Higher Education

  • Asbury University - Wilmore, Kentucky
  • Asbury Theological Seminary - on Asbury University Campus.
  • Georgetown College - In the city of the same name.
  • Jessamine County Career & Tech‎nical Institute
  • Lexington Theological Seminary - Located in Lexington
  • American National University - Three sites east of Louisville
  • Strayer University - Online
  • Sullivan University - In Sullivan KY
  • Transylvania University‎ - In Transylvania KY
  • University of Kentucky - Located in Lexington

Bee Lick Creek in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Central Kentucky features many parks of all sizes, lakes, and outdoor recreation facilities.
Bee Lick Creek in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Central Kentucky features many parks of all sizes, lakes, and outdoor recreation facilities. | Source

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    • kellydove profile image


      9 years ago

      nice great hub

    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      9 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Patty, I love the pictures. Lots of info too. Great hub

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thsi area of the state is really pretty and has some very friendly people in it, so it's a good place.

    • a2z50 profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi Patty,

      Very interesting Hub . Looks like they have aboput everything one would need in this area. Sounds like a great place to live and work. And sounds like a nice area to raise children too.

      Thank you!


      As always Also rprcarz50

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Seems to be booming

    • lightning john profile image

      lightning john 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Hey there Patty, I have friends in Louisville, and on my way from North Carolina went through Lexington. Everyone was so nice, and I really loved the horse ranches there.

      Thanks for letting me know about Nicholasville I shall have to stop there next time, and visit.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Patty, for showing such a wonderful piece of country. It is also a great help for people looking for work. Great hub and information.


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