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Labor Market Area
Most of the demographic and workforce data that follow include totals for the community's labor market area. The map below is provided for you reference.
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Labor market counties are composed of counties which exist within a 60-minute drive range of the originating county’s county seat. A county will be included within the radius if the centroid point of a county (a point representing the center of the geographic area of a county) falls within the drive zone. Additionally, all contiguous counties will be classified as part of the labor market with the exception of non-Kentucky contiguous counties which have been excluded by the above mentioned 60-minute drive range and have a border with the Mississippi and/or Ohio Rivers.

 


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Contacts

Local

Terry Adams
County Judge/Executive
Letcher County Fiscal Court
Letcher County Courthouse
156 Main Street Suite 107
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Phone: 606-633-2190
FAX: 606-633-7105
WEB: www.letchercounty.ky.gov
E-mail: tadams@letchercounty.ky.gov

State

Amy Bowman
Project Coordinator
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA

Phone: 502-564-7670 ext. 22001
Fax: 502-564-3256
Web: http:///www.thinkkentucky.com
Email: Amy.Bowman@ky.gov

 


 

Quick Facts

 
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  Industrial Electric Cost Per KWH, 2017
Kentucky $0.0558
U.S. $0.0691

 

Statistical Summary
  Population 2017
Letcher County 22,339
Labor Market Area 192,301
   
 
Per Capita Personal Income 2016 $29,724
Median Household Income 2016 $29,181
Median Home Price 2017 $37,000
   
  Unemployment Rate 2018
Letcher County 6.5%
Labor Market Area 6.0%
U.S. 3.9%
   
  Average Weekly Wage 2017
Letcher County $644
Labor Market Area $717
U.S. $1,042


 

 

Location

 

 

Selected Market Centers

Percent of U.S. Within 600 Miles of Whitesburg


Population
51%

Personal Income
48%

Retail Sales
50%

Manufacturing Employment
54%

Highway Distance to Selected Market Centers
    City Miles   City Miles   City Miles  
  1. Atlanta, GA 368 11. Dallas, TX 952 21. Nashville, TN 294  
  2. Baltimore, MD 479 12. Detroit, MI 441 22. New Orleans, LA 740  
  3. Birmingham, AL 399 13. Houston, TX 1,067 23. New York, NY 664  
  4. Boston, MA 873 14. Indianapolis, IN 353 24. Norfolk, VA 472  
  5. Buffalo, NY 586 15. Jacksonville, FL 604 25. Oklahoma City, OK 968  
  6. Charlotte, NC 232 16. Kansas City, MO 744 26. Omaha, NE 934  
  7. Chicago, IL 533 17. Lexington, KY 163 27. Philadelphia, PA 579  
  8. Cincinnati, OH 248 18. Louisville, KY 240 28. Pittsburgh, PA 382  
  9. Cleveland, OH 406 19. Memphis, TN 497 29. St. Louis, MO 502  
  10. Columbus, OH 251 20. Minneapolis, MN 941 30. Wichita, KS 941  
  Population Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 2008 population estimate
Personal Income Source: 2007 Regional Economic Accounts, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), US Dept of Commerce
Retail Sales Source: 2002 Economic Census, US Census Bureau
Manufacturing Employment Source: 2007 County Business Patterns, US Census Bureau
Highway Distance Source: ESRI Arcview StreetMap, 2007
 

 


 

 

Sites

 
Available Industrial Sites
Click on a site point for details
      Min. Distance To  
    Site ID Site Name Total Ac. Largest Possible Tract Rail Interstate/Parkway Airport  
  Shovel-ready 133-002 Gateway Regional Business Park 260.89 157 No 45 75  

 


 

 

Buildings

 
Available Industrial Buildings
Click on a building point for details

This community currently has no available buildings.
Note: A "+" symbol following the building name denotes a secondary building.
Special Purpose Buildings

 


 

 

Demographics

 

 

  Total Population  
    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
  Labor Market Area 204,960 202,179 199,334 196,475 192,301  
  Letcher County 23,588 23,417 23,091 22,773 22,339  
 Whitesburg2,0492,0322,0031,9741,914 
 Jenkins2,1472,1292,0992,0702,011 
  Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Annual Estimates.  

  Population by Selected Age Groups, 2017  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  Under 16 4,269 19.1 35,965 18.7  
  16-24 2,076 9.3 20,053 10.4  
  25-44 5,337 23.9 47,104 24.5  
  45-64 6,446 28.9 54,879 28.5  
  65-84 3,846 17.2 30,911 16.1  
  85 and older 365 1.6 3,389 1.8  
  Median Age 43.0   42.0    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

  Population by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
Number Percent Number Percent  
  White 21,951 98.3 184,772 96.1  
  Black or African American 128 0.6 4,266 2.2  
  Am. Indian & Alaska Native 46 0.2 349 0.2  
  Asian 43 0.2 879 0.5  
  Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islander 0 0.0 65 0.0  
  Other/Multirace 171 0.8 1,970 1.0  
  Hispanic Origin 187 0.8 2,131 1.1  
  Note: Hispanic is not a race category. A person can be white, black or African American, etc. and be of hispanic origin.
Source: U.S.  Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
 

  Population Projections  
    2020 2025 2030 2035  
  Letcher County 22,207 21,147 19,970 18,736  
  Source:  Kentucky State Data Center, University of Louisville.  

  Per Capita Personal Income 2015  
    2011 2016 Pct. Change  
  Letcher County $28,942 $29,724 2.7 %  
  Kentucky $33,989 $38,926 14.5 %  
  U.S. $41,560 $49,246 18.5 %  
  Labor Market Area Range $27,426- $32,805 $27,773- $34,532    
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

  Households  
    2016 2016  
  Number of Households Persons Per Household Median Household Income  
  Letcher County 10,017 2.31 $29,181  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  

 


 

 

Workforce

 

 

 

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 6,316 6,322 60,330 59,894  
  Employed 5,904 5,943 56,702 56,776  
  Unemployed 412 379 3,628 3,118  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.5 6.0 6.0 5.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Letcher County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 12.3 10.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 11.2 9.6 5.4 5.3  
  2016 11.9 10.5 5.0 4.9  
  2017 9.2 8.0 4.9 4.4  
  2018 6.5 6.0 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Letcher County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 2,583 37.6  
  Commuting Out of County 4,292 62.4  
  Total Residents 6,875 100.0  
  Employees in  
  Working and Residing In County 2,583 55.7  
  Commuting Into County 2,054 44.3  
  Total Employees 4,637 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Journey-To-Work & Migration Statistics Branch.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and its border states only.  

 

     
  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Letcher County Kentucky
(Statewide)
U.S.  
 Total All Industries$644$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6628651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7311,0491,086 
 Construction7031,0111,155 
 Manufacturing7311,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities571789881 
 Information7051,0442,011 
 Financial Activities5621,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7239311,377 
 Education and Health Services864906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality253327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified422626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  

 


 

 

Education & Training

 

 

  Four-Year Colleges and Universities Within 60 Miles of Whitesburg  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic courses and granting degrees at baccalaureate or graduate levels.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2018)
 
  15  Alice Lloyd College  Pippa Passes  598  
  17  University of Virginia's College at Wise  Wise, VA  N/A  
  30  Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing  Hyden  2,004  
  30  University of Pikeville  Pikeville  2,336  
  38  Morehead State University at Prestonsburg  Prestonsburg  N/A  
  52  Eastern Kentucky University, Manchester Campus  Manchester  N/A  
  52  King University  Bristol, TN  2,162  
  54  Clear Creek Baptist Bible College  Pineville  138  
  59  Lincoln Memorial University  Harrogate, TN  4,770  
      Total Enrollments 12,008  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Two-Year Colleges Within 60 Miles of Whitesburg  
  Institutions engaged in furnishing academic, or academic and technical, courses and granting associate degrees, certificates, or diplomas below the baccalaureate level.  
  Miles Institution Location Enrollment
(Fall 2018)
 
  Southeast Community & Technical College, Whitesburg Campus  Whitesburg  N/A  
  13  Southeast Community & Technical College, Cumberland Campus  Cumberland  † 3,229  
  17  Hazard Community & Technical College, Knott County Branch  Hindman  N/A  
  22  Hazard Community & Technical College, Main Campus  Hazard  † 3,305  
  22  Hazard Community & Technical College, Technical Campus  Hazard  N/A  
  30  American National University - Pikeville KY Campus  Pikeville  N/A  
  30  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Pikeville Campus  Pikeville  N/A  
  30  Hazard Community & Technical College - Leslie Co. Center  Hyden  N/A  
  33  Southeast Community & Technical College, Harlan Campus  Harlan  N/A  
  38  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Prestonsburg Campus  Prestonsburg  † 4,346  
  43  Hazard Community & Technical College, Lees College Campus  Jackson  N/A  
  48  Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Mayo Campus  Paintsville  N/A  
  50  National College - Bristol TN Campus  Bristol, VA  N/A  
  54  Southeast Community & Technical College, Pineville Campus  Pineville  N/A  
      Total Enrollments 10,880  
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance, not highway miles.
† Denotes enrollment for entire institution, including branch campuses; otherwise, enrollment is for specified campus.
Source:  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
 

  Kentucky Technical Schools Within 60 Miles of Whitesburg  
    Enrollment (2017-2018)  
  Miles Institution Location Sec P/S Total  
  Letcher County ATC  Whitesburg  569 N/A 569  
  17  Knott County ATC  Hindman  400 N/A 400  
  29  Millard ATC  Millard  195 N/A 195  
  30  Leslie County ATC  Hyden  388 N/A 388  
  32  Floyd County ATC (GARTH)  Martin  264 N/A 264  
  43  Breathitt County ATC  Jackson  411 N/A 411  
  45  Belfry ATC  Belfry  546 N/A 546  
  52  Clay County ATC  Manchester  348 N/A 348  
  54  Martin County ATC  Inez  398 N/A 398  
  54  Bell County ATC  Pineville  678 N/A 678  
  58  Lee County ATC  Beattyville  395 N/A 395  
  60  Morgan County ATC  West Liberty  669 N/A 669  
      Total Enrollments 5,261     5,261   
  Note: Miles are calculated as straight-line distance; not highway miles.  Kentucky Tech secondary schools, called Area Technology Centers (ATC), are operated by the Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education. Other secondary schools are operated locally by public school districts. Secondary student enrollment is listed under Sec, and post-secondary student enrollment is listed under P/S.
Source:  KY Cabinet for Workforce Development; KY Dept. of Education.
 

 


 

 

Business & Industry

 

 

  Summary of Recent Locations and Expansions, 2017-Present  
    Reported  
    Companies Jobs Investment  
 Manufacturing Location00$0 
 Manufacturing Expansion00$0 
 Service & Technology Location14$1,000,000 
 Service & Technology Expansion00$0 
  Click here for detailed location and expansion information.
Note: Totals include announced locations and expansions.
Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (March 10, 2020).
 
  Employment by Major Industry by Place of Work, 2017  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
  Employment Percent Employment Percent  
 Total All Industries4,731100.063,679100.0 
 Total Private Industries3,15866.846,79173.5 
 Natural Resources and Mining1352.93,3595.3 
 Construction621.31,2331.9 
 Manufacturing1122.41,2271.9 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities92919.613,17320.7 
 Information400.88501.3 
 Financial Activities1222.61,8162.9 
 Professional and Business Services3327.04,4507.0 
 Education and Health Services1,02121.614,33322.5 
 Leisure and Hospitality3427.25,2398.2 
 Other Services and Unclassified621.31,1101.7 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.  
     
  Top 20 by Employment  
  Firm Product(s)/Service(s) Emp. Year
Established
 
 Burdine 
 Mountain Aggregates Pine Mountain QuarryCrushed limestone aggregate of various sizes used by highway construction, paving and concrete companies221956 
 Cromona 
 Superior Printing & PublishingNewspaper publishing, lithographic printing, staple & spiral binding131954 
 Gordon 
 Bluegrass Materials Company LLCCrushed limestone31981 
 Jenkins 
 Taylor Metal Roofing & Siding IncMetal roofing, siding panels, related trim components, insulation, doors, sliding door track systems, lumber, roof trusses, garage doors152005 
 The Wells Group LLCConcrete4N/A 
 Whitesburg 
 BPM Lumber LLCRough lumber & railroad ties991995 
 Drill Steel Service IncSteel rods, overcast, mandoors and other metal products. Distributes cutting bits & roof bolt products111983 
 Hall Equipment & Supply Co IncMining machinery rebuilding41973 
 Kentucky Mist DistilleryMoonshine and products22015 
 The Mountain Eagle LPNewspaper publishing21907 
  Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (March 10, 2020).  

 


 

 

Taxes

 

 

  State Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation, 2016  
  Selected Class of Property State Rate Local Taxation
Permitted
 
  Real Estate $0.1220 Yes  
  Manufacturing Machinery $0.1500 No  
  Pollution Control Equipment $0.1500 No  
  Inventories:  
      Raw Materials $0.0500 No  
      Goods in Process $0.0500 No  
      Finished Goods $0.0500 Yes  
      Goods-In-Transit Exempt Limited  
  Motor Vehicles $0.4500 Yes  
  Other Tangible Personal Property $0.4500 Yes  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Revenue.  
     
  Local Property Tax Rates Per $100 Valuation  
  Taxing Jurisdiction Property Taxes
Per $100 Valuation
   
  Real Estate Tangibles Motor Vehicles  
  County  
  Letcher $0.4970 $0.5575 $0.3002    
  City  
  Blackey $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.2500    
  Fleming-Neon $0.2500 $0.4500 $0.2500    
  Jenkins $0.3499 $0.3499 $0.4219    
  Whitesburg $0.3400 $0.3400 $0.3400    
  School District  
  Jenkins Independent Schools $0.8700 $0.8700 $0.6900    
  Letcher County Schools $0.6340 $0.6340 $0.4960    
  Source: Kentucky Revenue Cabinet. Tax Years: County Property Tax(es) for 2017; City Property Tax(es) for 2009 - 2017; School District Property Tax(es) for 2017  
     
  Local Occupational License Taxes, 2017  
  Cities, counties and school districts may levy an occupational license tax on the net profits of businesses and/or on the salaries and wages of employees earned in the jurisdiction. Rates can vary between the two types of occupational license taxes. Occupational license taxes may be levied on businesses as either a flat rate schedule or as a percentage of apportioned net profits or gross receipts. Where both the city and county levy an occupational license tax, a credit may be given, at the option of the local governments, for the amount paid to the city against the occupational license tax of the county. (Consult local jurisdictions for further details.)  
  Taxing Jurisdiction   Tax Rate on
Salaries/Wages
  Tax Rate on
Net Profits/Receipts
 
  County  
  Letcher   No tax   No tax  
  City  
  Blackey   No tax   No tax  
  Fleming-Neon   No tax   No tax  
  Jenkins   1.50%   No tax  
  Whitesburg   1.50%   No tax  
  School District  
  Jenkins Independent Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Letcher County Schools   No tax   No tax  
  Source: Occupational Taxes Spreadsheet - Kentucky Secretary of State, Local Tax Listing - Kentucky Personnel Cabinet   
     

 


 

 

Regulations & Permits

 
 

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet
Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Permitting Information: http://www.dhbc.ky.gov/
 
  Typical Building Permits Responsible Division # of plans Time Frame (Days)  
  Site Plan Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Building/Life Safety Building Code Enforcement 1 7-30  
  Plumbing Plumbing 3 7  
  Fire Protection Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fire Alarm and Monitoring Fire Prevention 1 7-30  
  Fuel Tanks Fire Prevention
Hazardous Materials Section
1 7  
     

 

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection
Permits, Fees, Regulatory Times, and Contacts

Permitting Program Information:
http://dca.ky.gov/DCA%20Resource%20Document%20Library/KyDEPCommonPermits2.17.14.pdf
 
     

 

 

Utilities

 

 

 
Utilities Providing Service In Letcher County
  Electric  
 AEP - Kentucky Power Company - 606-929-1600 
 East Kentucky Power Cooperative - 859-744-4812 
    Cumberland Valley Electric Inc - 606-528-2677 
     
  Natural Gas  
 Columbia Gas of Kentucky Inc - 859-288-0227 
 Kentucky Frontier Gas LLC - 606-886-9991 
     
  Sewer  
  Treatment Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Flow Excess  
 Jenkins Sewer Department - 606-832-4421 
 Jenkins WWTP600,000446,000154,000 
 Whitesburg Waterworks 
 Whitesburg Wastewater Plant600,000244,000356,000 
  Treatment information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410
 
  Water  
  System Information (gallons per day) Capacity Avg. Use Excess  
 Jenkins Water Department - 606-832-42181,000,000361,484638,516 
 US Filter Operations/Whitesburg - 606-633-3700864,000604,939259,061 
  System information provided by Division of Water, 502-564-3410  

 


 

 

Quality of Life

 

 

  General Kentucky Quality of Life Information  
  http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/qualityoflife.aspx  
  Median Home Price (2017): Letcher County - $37,000 for 35 homes  
  Source: KY Department of Revenue. Data based on sales for last six months of year indicated.  
  Climate  
  Temperature    
  Normal (30-year record) 55.6 degrees  
  Average Annual, 2017 58.2 degrees  
  Record Highest, June 2012 (72-year record) 103 degrees  
  Record Lowest, January 1985 (72-year record) -21 degrees  
  Normal Heating Degree Days (30-year record) 4,374  
  Normal Cooling Degree Days (30-year record) 981  
  Precipitation    
  Normal (30-year record) 41.01 inches  
  Mean Annual Snowfall (30-year record) 13.3 inches  
  Total Precipitation, 2017 43.11 inches  
  Mean Number of Days Precipitation (0.01 inch or more) (30-year record) 134.4  
  Mean Number of Days Thunderstorms (70-year record) 42.7  
  Prevailing Winds West  
  Relative Humidity (30-year record)    
  1 a.m. 82 percent  
  7 a.m. 87 percent  
  1 p.m. 57 percent  
  7 p.m. 64 percent  
  Note: Heating degree day totals are the sums of positive departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.  Cooling degree day totals are the sum of negative departures of average daily temperature from 65 degrees F.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Climatic Data Center, Local Climatological Data, 2017.
Station of record: Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Blountville, TN.
 
     
  Public School District Enrollments, 2016-2017  
    Total Enrollment Pupil To Teacher Ratio  
  Jenkins Independent Schools 445 14.4  
  Letcher County Schools 3,050 14.5  
  Source: Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Assessment and Accountability.