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Forbes Ranks UK Among Best Places to Work in the State

Staff member posing with the CATS sign.
A UK employee participates in UK Appreciation Day, an event that thanks employees for their service to the university. Mark Cornelison l UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2019) — The University of Kentucky has recently been named one of America’s Best-in-State Employers, according to a ranking from Forbes Magazine. The list, which Forbes released on Wednesday, is a testament to the university's commitment to the Commonwealth and reinforces its reputation as an employer of high quality.

Forbes released its inaugural list of the Best Employers by State on Wednesday, ranking the university second overall and No. 1 among colleges who made the list.

The ranking was divided into 51 lists: one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Forbes and Statista created the list based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people. Employees received the surveys through a series of anonymous online panels, providing a representative sample of the workforce. The survey asked employees to rate their willingness to recommend their employer and to also evaluate other employers in their industries.

The number of businesses ranked in each state was dependent on the number of qualifying employers and the size of the state’s workforce. Businesses with operations in more than one state had the opportunity to be listed multiple times. 

This is UK's third recognition from Forbes this year. In January, UK was recognized by Forbes as a Best Employer for Diversity. Additionally, the university was named among America's Best Employers, one of only four employers in Kentucky to be included in the ranking. 

For the full list of America’s Best Employers By State, click here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.