Louisville jobs and industries focus on horses a lot more than in most cities, and the University of Louisville even has an equine industry program. Beyond that, work in the city centers around shipping and logistics, health care and medicine, manufacturing including bourbon, and food brands. Major examples of local employers in these areas include United Parcel Service and UPS airlines, Ford Motor Company assembly plants, GE appliances, a variety of health care organizations including Humana and Norton Healthcare, and in the food sector everything from Mothers Cookies to Papa John's Pizza and Yum! Brands, the company behind several major fast-food chains.
The city is home to major automotive and truck assembly plants and durable goods factories but also small, independent startup companies in technology and other fields. Workers have a choice of signing on for steady, possibly long-term work with a major employer or taking a chance and working on an entrepreneur's dreams with one of the many local startups. An active tourism industry supports many service industry jobs including unique restaurants and classic hotels. As a transportation hub jobs in logistics, truck driving, and air freight are also available.
Transportation and production keep a higher than usual number of locals employed here, and though a university is located here, the overall number of workers in education, training, and library work is lower than the overall U.S. percentage. Transportationare a couple of dollars ahead of the national norm, but many local industries pay somewhat to significantly lower than the national mean. Median home values are fairly affordable at $154,530 in April 2018 and rising somewhat year to year, which is somewhat lower than in many areas of the country. Unemployment is running around 3.7 percent.
Louisville is an active city, with many things to do and visit in addition to the world-famous Churchill Downs. The Louisville Slugger baseball bat company has a museum and factory here, Kentucky Kingdom draws visitors from surrounding states to its amusement park, and the Louisville Zoo features gorillas and tigers for a relaxing day visit. Bourbon factories produce a significant portion of the more than 400,000 barrels produced each year of Kentuckys signature product.