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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 Jul. 2018 2017 Jul. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 8,790 8,617 78,489 78,730  
  Employed 8,100 8,000 73,359 73,885  
  Unemployed 690 617 5,130 4,845  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.8 7.2 6.5 6.2  
  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 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,543 46.9  
  Commuting Out of County 4,005 53.1  
  Total Residents 7,548 100.0  
  Employees in Bell County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,543 46.7  
  Commuting Into County 4,041 53.3  
  Total Employees 7,584 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Bell County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$629$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6408651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,1661,0491,086 
 Construction8251,0111,155 
 Manufacturing7831,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities514789881 
 Information7141,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7551,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7099311,377 
 Education and Health Services783906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality233327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified450626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.