Kentucky industrial sector is growing

The manufacturing sector of Kentucky has seen a healthy amount of growth over the past year, which is a good sign for manufacturing recruiters. The 2014 Kentucky Manufacturers' Register reported the state added 7,401 jobs between September 2012 and September 2013 - a 2.6 percent increase from last year.

This is the third consecutive year Kentucky's industrial sector has posted a gain in jobs. The report went on to say the additions over the past year is exceeding analysts' expectations. The new jobs are outpacing last years growth of 1.5 percent and the overall national average of 2.3 percent. Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers' News Inc., said Kentucky is several economic factors are the reason for the recent flood of jobs.

"Kentucky's industrial climate continues to improve," Dubin said in a statement. "The state's low business costs and ideal location for the shipment of goods has resulted in many companies reinvesting in its manufacturing sector, particularly those in the automotive and transportation equipment industries."

Among the different sectors that added jobs, transportation equipment led the pack by having a 4.2 percent increase from last year. It is also the state's biggest provider of jobs in the manufacturing industry as it employs 44,613 people.

The increase of jobs among the transportation equipment sector is due to an influx of auto manufacturers expanding their Kentucky-based operations. The report mentioned that Toyota recently announced a $360 million expansion plan for its Georgetown facility. Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, Mubea and Kayser Automotive Systems are other businesses that will invest in their Kentucky locations.

Louisville currently has 55,061 people employed in the manufacturing industry while Lexington is home to 20,206 workers.

Kentucky is currently home to 5,115 manufacturing businesses, which employ 288,331 people.