The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its preliminary December employment report for 365 U.S. metro areas earlier this month. The data shows good news for Owensboro along with 40 states, the District of Columbia and 214 (59%) of the nation’s metro areas, all of which saw net job gains in 2010.
According to the report and Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech, an economic development research firm, growth in Owensboro led all Kentucky MSAs during 2010. The Kentucky data shows Owensboro job growth at 2.3 percent, or a net gain of 1,100 jobs in 2010. The Bowling Green MSA was second with 1.9 percent growth. Louisville and Lexington posted net job losses of -0.6 percent and -0.3 percent respectively.
Overall, Kentucky netted 21,600 jobs from January to December 2010, a growth rate of 1.3 percent.
The Kentucky data is available at the following link: http://www.wdgtech.com/documents/2010EmploymentchangebyMSA_000.pdf