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Work Force

Labor Market Area
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  Labor market counties are composed of counties which significantly exist within the sixty (60) minute drive range of the originating county‚Äôs 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.  

  Civilian Labor Force  
    Bell County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Feb. 2018 2017 Feb. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 8,790 8,729 78,489 78,182  
  Employed 8,100 8,121 73,359 73,606  
  Unemployed 690 608 5,130 4,576  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.8 7.0 6.5 5.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Bell County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 14.9 12.4 8.3 7.4  
  2014 10.2 9.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 8.5 8.2 5.4 5.3  
  2016 9.0 7.8 5 4.9  
  2017 7.8 6.5 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Bell County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,321 41.3  
  Commuting Out of County 4,718 58.7  
  Total Residents 8,039 100.0  
  Employees in Bell County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,321 45.8  
  Commuting Into County 3,933 54.2  
  Total Employees 7,254 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Bell County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$623$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6158311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,1181,0751,124 
 Construction7809931,096 
 Manufacturing7521,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities478758852 
 Information7409441,829 
 Financial Activities7621,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services5358781,332 
 Education and Health Services783878911 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/A312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified367591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.