According to a new study released by the Institute for Justice called “License to Work,” the low to middle income professions Kentucky does regulate are some of the most burdened jobs in the country. Among the 50 states, Kentucky has the 15th most burdensome licensing laws.
Although Kentucky’s occupational licensing requirements are unnecessarily stringent, the Bluegrass State only requires licenses for 27 out of the 102 jobs researched by the study. That’s good news for young professionals entering the workforce who don’t have to jump through quite as many hoops to begin making a decent living in the commonwealth.
Still, those hoping to enter one of Kentucky’s 27 regulated professions will have to work that much harder just to get their foot in the door compared to our neighbors.