The 2000 census said that 13,048 residents of Frankfort were employed. Not surprisingly in the state capital, public administration was the city's largest industry, accounting for 28 percent of the city's employed workforce. Education, health, and social services ranked in second place at 15.5 percent, with manufacturing (12.4 percent) and retail trade (10.5 percent) completing the list of industries with 10 percent or more of the employed workforce.
Some of Frankfort's major private-sector employers include:
- Topy Corp.
- Allied/Bendix Corp.
- Montaplast of North America Inc.
- Jim Beam Brands Co.
- American Wire Products, Inc.
- Frankfort Habilitation
The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce (established 1947) is dedicated to improving the economic climate of Frankfort. The chamber, which has some 700 member businesses and individuals, is active in business community advocacy and workforce development. The Kentucky Capital Development Corporation also promotes the growth of business in Frankfort and Franklin County.
Frankfort abuts Interstate 64 (East & West), and is a 20-minute drive to Interstate 75 (North & South). Interstate 65 (North & South) passes through Louisville, to the west of Frankfort. Frankfort has a general aviation airport that also serves the National Guard. For commercial air travel, Lexington's Bluegrass Airport is less than 30 minutes away; international airports in Louisville and Cincinnati are also within a reasonable drive.