These Are The 10 Worst Places In Kentucky To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Kentucky after looking at the best places in Kentucky a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Kentucky, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Bluegrass State are:

  1. Pikeville
  2. Monticello
  3. Middlesborough
  4. Somerset
  5. Williamsburg
  6. Mayfield
  7. Murray
  8. Corbin
  9. Central City
  10. Morehead

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Bluegrass State

After getting the data for every place in Kentucky, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Kentucky To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,864Recent Job Growth: -3.01%
Future Job Growth: 22.70%

2. Monticello

Monticello, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,197Recent Job Growth: -2.06%
Future Job Growth: 24.50%

3. Middlesborough

Middlesborough, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,235Recent Job Growth: -1.57%
Future Job Growth: 23.80%

4. Somerset

Somerset, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,254Recent Job Growth: -2.39%
Future Job Growth: 26.80%

5. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,258Recent Job Growth: -2.27%
Future Job Growth: 26.40%

6. Mayfield

Mayfield, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,048Recent Job Growth: -2.27%
Future Job Growth: 27.00%

7. Murray

Murray, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,706Recent Job Growth: -7.43%
Future Job Growth: 17.80%

8. Corbin

Corbin, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,010Recent Job Growth: -2.27%
Future Job Growth: 26.40%

9. Central City

Central City - Jobs Kentucky

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,955 Recent Job Growth: -4.98%
Future Job Growth: 21.40%

10. Morehead

Morehead, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,898Recent Job Growth: -3.70%
Future Job Growth: 25.70%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Pikeville took the “top” spot as the worst city in Kentucky for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Kentucky, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Kentucky To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
pikeville 1 6,864 -3.01% 22.70%
monticello 2 6,197 -2.06% 24.50%
middlesborough 3 10,235 -1.57% 23.80%
somerset 4 11,254 -2.39% 26.80%
williamsburg 5 5,258 -2.27% 26.40%
mayfield 6 10,048 -2.27% 27.00%
murray 7 17,706 -7.43% 17.80%
corbin 8 7,010 -2.27% 26.40%
central city 9 5,955 -4.98% 21.40%
morehead 10 6,898 -3.70% 25.70%
columbia 11 4,461 -2.08% 28.30%
leitchfield 12 6,721 -1.84% 27.20%
greenville 13 4,403 -4.98% 21.40%
grayson 14 4,159 -0.39% 29.20%
danville 15 16,212 -2.35% 26.90%
london 16 6,797 -0.99% 30.00%
maysville 17 9,018 -2.14% 27.60%
glasgow 18 14,026 -1.39% 30.10%
hazard 19 5,117 -1.52% 26.10%
paducah 20 25,081 -0.91% 30.20%
richmond 21 31,508 -3.12% 27.70%
farley 22 4,473 -0.91% 30.60%
mount sterling 23 6,915 -0.74% 30.80%
lebanon 24 5,571 -0.68% 31.80%
harrodsburg 25 8,323 -0.37% 32.20%
cynthiana 26 6,406 -0.85% 31.70%
frankfort 27 26,745 -2.32% 28.80%
berea 28 13,651 -3.12% 27.70%
madisonville 29 19,745 -0.83% 31.20%
russellville 30 6,979 -1.09% 31.80%
carrollton 31 3,963 0.18% 33.00%
winchester 32 18,314 -0.67% 31.80%
hendron 33 4,435 -0.91% 30.60%
oak grove 34 7,427 0.75% 32.30%
fort campbell north 35 13,761 0.75% 32.30%
massac 36 4,744 -0.91% 30.60%
lawrenceburg 37 10,711 -2.32% 29.20%
paris 38 9,298 -0.67% 32.50%
benton 39 4,395 0.20% 32.40%
reidland 40 4,464 -0.91% 30.60%
princeton 41 6,331 -1.06% 32.00%
bardstown 42 12,291 0.25% 33.50%
hopkinsville 43 31,798 0.75% 33.00%
scottsville 44 4,267 0.70% 34.30%
campbellsville 45 10,138 0.77% 34.10%
nicholasville 46 27,865 -0.67% 32.30%
shively 47 15,282 0.25% 33.60%
elizabethtown 48 28,254 -0.36% 32.60%
radcliff 49 22,064 -0.36% 32.60%
henderson 50 28,728 -0.50% 33.20%
franklin 51 8,431 0.04% 34.10%
louisville 52 741,285 0.25% 33.60%
fort knox 53 10,919 -0.36% 32.60%
st. matthews 54 17,529 0.25% 33.60%
lyndon 55 10,992 0.25% 33.60%
versailles 56 8,678 -0.68% 32.90%
lexington-fayette 57 296,766 -0.67% 32.70%
vine grove 58 4,809 -0.36% 32.60%
owensboro 59 57,361 0.15% 34.30%
georgetown 60 29,016 -0.67% 32.70%
shepherdsville 61 11,209 0.25% 33.90%
flatwoods 62 7,465 1.12% 35.20%
middletown 63 7,164 0.25% 33.60%
bowling green 64 58,632 1.40% 36.80%
douglass hills 65 5,512 0.25% 33.60%
ashland 66 21,611 1.13% 36.40%
covington 67 40,776 1.63% 37.10%
hillview 68 8,839 0.25% 33.90%
mount washington 69 9,181 0.25% 33.90%
hurstbourne 70 4,226 0.25% 33.60%
prospect 71 4,705 0.25% 33.60%
jeffersontown 72 26,694 0.25% 34.30%
newport 73 15,398 1.63% 37.70%
williamstown 74 3,996 1.63% 37.30%
la grange 75 8,067 0.25% 34.90%
dayton 76 5,364 1.63% 37.70%
highland heights 77 6,888 1.63% 37.70%
shelbyville 78 14,081 0.25% 35.00%
crestwood 79 4,488 0.25% 34.90%
fort thomas 80 16,207 1.63% 37.70%
bellevue 81 5,959 1.63% 37.70%
buckner 82 5,558 0.25% 34.90%
elsmere 83 8,430 1.63% 37.80%
alexandria 84 8,494 1.63% 37.70%
cold spring 85 5,864 1.63% 37.70%
erlanger 86 18,084 1.63% 37.80%
ludlow 87 4,483 1.63% 37.80%
independence 88 24,586 1.63% 37.80%
fort mitchell 89 8,198 1.63% 37.80%
crescent springs 90 3,901 1.63% 37.80%
taylor mill 91 6,647 1.63% 37.80%
edgewood 92 8,651 1.63% 37.80%
fort wright 93 5,698 1.63% 37.80%
villa hills 94 7,417 1.63% 37.80%
florence 95 30,201 1.63% 38.40%
burlington 96 16,298 1.63% 38.20%
oakbrook 97 8,812 1.63% 38.20%
hebron 98 5,896 1.63% 38.20%
francisville 99 8,742 1.63% 38.20%
union 100 5,357 1.63% 38.20%