Carlisle leads Kentucky with 46% job increase
By Kate Prince
Carlisle County leads the state of Kentucky in the highest percentage of job growth since June of 2009.
Recent employment data was released by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in a study titled "Recovery from the Last Recession: How Kentucky's Nine Regional Economies Performed." The report shows that in a 5-year time frame, Carlisle County jobs increased from 734 to 1,072, which is a 46% gain.
Bardwell Mayor Philip King and Carlisle County Judge Executive Greg Terry both admitted that the numbers surprised them. "The economy has picked up and the numbers have grown," King stated.
Mayor King and Judge Terry both attributed a lot of the job growth to the portable building businesses in Carlisle County, such as Graceland Rental. Graceland is located in Cunningham and employs approximately 90 people.
According to King, businesses like the Wholesale Sign Factory, 51 Grill, Greg's Market and Dollar General play a part in the job increase, as well. The building of the new Dollar General created a couple of extra positions and the new Wholesale Sign Factory has recently added 12 new jobs. "Greg's Market puts a lot of kids through school," the Mayor added, "and the 51 Grill employs over a dozen."
Judge Terry added KentuckyCare to the list of businesses that have brought jobs to Carlisle County. "Between the Bardwell location and the two in Paducah, there are about 35 different employees that spend some time working in Bardwell," he stated. Terry also mentioned nine new jobs that have come to Carlisle with the building of the courthouse.
"Carlisle County has a good work force," King commented, "and if a business or industry wanted to start here, bring it on, we have the people that can work."
Judge Terry shared that this accomplishment isn't something that just one person has done alone. "A lot of people invest in the county. Economic development is often homegrown and people invest money and build businesses where they came from. It's a community thing."
While Carlisle County leads the state, the report shows that overall the Paducah-Purchase region has had the slowest job growth in Kentucky since 2009.