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Louisville's unemployment pool is shrinking

Downtown Louisville, Kentucky
Downtown Louisville, Kentucky
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The rising pool of unemployed workers in the Louisville, Kentucky area is beginning to shrink. This is good news for the ocean of job seekers standing in line at the unemployment office. On many given days, the line at the local Unemployment Office is at least 100 people long. However, there is good news on the horizon for Louisville workers. According to the Associated Press, Louisville is among the top 5 cities starting to see improvements in job availability. Some of the major corporations such as Humana, Kindred Healthcare, and Norton's Healthcare are among the hiring pool of employers. The healthcare industry is in need of quality trained staff due to aging baby boomers.

The leading industries in Louisville are educational, health and social services, manufacturing, arts & entertainment, recreation, and food services. Simply Hired, a Louisville job listings database, indicates that the following industries in Louisville are hiring the most workers; hospitals, catering services, food service contractors, clinics and outpatient services, outpatient surgery centers. This is a great place to start as the unemployment pool shrinks and job availability rises.

Louisville's early economy first developed through the shipping and cargo industries. Its strategic location at the Falls of the Ohio, as well as its unique position in the central United States make it an ideal location for the transfer of cargo along its route to other destinations. The Louisville and Portland Canal and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad were important links in water and rail transportation. Louisville's importance to the shipping industry continues today with the presence of the World port air hub for UPS, one of the city's corporate giants. Louisville's location at the crossroads of three major Interstate highways also contributes to its modern-day strategic importance to the shipping and cargo industry. Recently, Louisville has emerged as a major center for the health care and medical sciences industries. Louisville has been central to advancements in heart and hand surgery as well as cancer treatment. Some of the earliest artificial heart transplants were conducted in Louisville.

Louisville is also home to several major corporations and organizations:

Brown-Forman Corporation (Fortune 1000)
Hillerich & Bradsby (manufacturer of Louisville Slugger baseball bats)
Hilliard Lyons (investment firm)
Humana (Fortune 100)
Kindred Healthcare Incorporated (Fortune 500)
Norton Healthcare
Papa John's Pizza
PharMerica (Fortune 1000)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Republic Bank & Trust Company
SHPS (healthcare and human resources services company)
Stock Yards Bank & Trust
Texas Roadhouse
Thornton’s Inc.
Yum! Brands (owners of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell which were formerly Tricon Global Restaurants (a spin-off of PepsiCo) as well as Long John Silver's and A & W Restaurants which were formerly Yorkshire Global Restaurants) (Fortune 500)
ZirMed (health care technology company)

There are many resources available for unemployed workers who are waiting to find jobs. It's a good idea to use the time wisely by visiting local libraries and ensuring your resume writing and interviewing skills are sharp and fresh. The local libraries also have free access to computers with internet access. This is a great opportunity to use these resources to search job databases. And in the meantime while you're waiting for full-time employment, don't forget about temporary agencies that are always searching for quality workers to fill temporary positions of employees on sick leave, maternity leave, or family emergencies.

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