The economic health and welfare of the region is dependent upon the educational attainment of the population.
Attractiveness of the region to businesses seems most closely related to the number and percent of the population with a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.
Therefore, the success of the region is dependent upon driving an expansion of the current education pipeline.
Please note that the education expansion is occurring in the midst of a rise in two groups;
1) economically disadvantaged children and
2) children from households that speak a language other than English.
Executive Summary Educational Attainment Pipeline Students entering grade 9 proficient in reading and math High school graduates prepared for post-secondary success Enrolled in college Complete college
Education Pipeline Challenge Source: National Center on Education and the Economy
Job growth in Kentucky through the first half of 2010 exceeded the national average. But, job growth is slow.
The unemployment rate is projected to stay above 10% into 2012.
The driving force for the recovery is manufacturing. The primary rise is in auto parts related manufacturing. The state’s manufacturing industry is stronger than similar industries in the surrounding states and this could lead to a population influx.
Single family housing starts are rising and with them, construction employment.
2005-06 Lexile Framework ® for Reading Study Summary of Text Lexile Measures 600 800 1000 1400 1600 1200 Text Lexile Measure (L) High School Literature College Literature High School Textbooks College Textbooks Military Personal Use Entry-Level Occupations SAT 1, ACT, AP* * Source of National Test Data: MetaMetrics Interquartile Ranges Shown (25% - 75%)