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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  
    Knox County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Dec. 2017 2016 Dec. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 9,816 10,108 67,670 69,188  
  Employed 9,044 9,498 62,887 65,679  
  Unemployed 772 610 4,783 3,509  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.9 6.0 7.1 5.1  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Knox County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 11.3 10.5 8.2 8.1  
  2013 12.1 10.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 10.0 8.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 8.3 7.3 5.4 5.3  
  2016 7.9 7.1 5 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Knox County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,211 34.7  
  Commuting Out of County 6,040 65.3  
  Total Residents 9,251 100.0  
  Employees in Knox County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,211 44.0  
  Commuting Into County 4,088 56.0  
  Total Employees 7,299 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Knox County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$603$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries5738311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining9581,0751,124 
 Construction6729931,096 
 Manufacturing6991,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities461758852 
 Information6909441,829 
 Financial Activities7081,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services6278781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality239312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified458591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.