The 10 largest employers in Lexington

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Lexington was listed No. 14 on SmartAsset’s list of Best Places for Career Opportunities. | photo by @thedronerangerky

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In 2021, Lexington was ranked No. 14 on SmartAsset’s list of Best Places for Career Opportunities. The city also boasts a well-educated workforce, is centrally located between two major interstates, and offers a high quality of life. But who, may you ask, is taking advantage of doing business in the Bluegrass?? We’ve compiled a list of ten of the largest employers in our city to give you insider information, courtesy of Commerce Lexington.

Let’s take it from the top.

University of Kentucky

15,541 employees | Big Blue Nation takes the No. 1 seed on this list thanks to both the university and the hospital. The University was founded 1865 and is home to 200 academic programs + 16 degree-granting colleges.

5,727 employees | The online retail giant just expanded its footprint by opening a new state-of-the-art facility late last year. The arrival of this delivery station brought hundreds of new full- and part-time jobs.

Fayette County Public Schools

5,620 employees | FCPS services 40,000+ students through 37 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and six high schools. The school district also has three technical centers + 15 other alternative programs.

Baptist Health

4,502 employees | You can’t get down Nicholasville Road without passing the sprawling Baptist Health Main campus. It set down roots locally in 1954 and has been recognized for its heart + cancer care. It’s also expanding with a new Hamburg campus opening in 2023.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

2,884 employees | They do it all. From public safety to Parks and Recreation, LFUCG helps keep Lexingtonians informed, safe, and moving forward. Pro tip: There are dozens of jobs available, check them out here.

Catholic Health Initiatives

2,621 employees | Known by most as CHI Saint Joseph Health, the hospital system has multiple locations around Lexington.


2,500 employees | A leader in business process outsourcing, Conduent boasts a client list of 500+ governments and the majority of Fortune 100 companies.

Veterans Medical Center

2,000 employees | Dedicated to our local veterans and their families, the Veterans Medical Center offers primary care as well as specialized care and social support groups.

Lockheed Martin

1,500 employees | A leading global security and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin leads the research, design, and implementation of technology systems in four key areas — aeronautics, missiles and fire control, rotary and mission systems, and lastly space.

Lexmark International

1,400 employees | Founded in 1991, Lexmark is a global leader in print hardware, service, solutions, and security servicing customers in 170+ countries worldwide.

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