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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  
    Knox County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Sep. 2018 2017 Sep. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 10,208 10,171 69,763 69,329  
  Employed 9,435 9,568 65,180 65,584  
  Unemployed 773 603 4,583 3,745  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.6 5.9 6.6 5.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Knox County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  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  
  2017 7.6 6.6 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Knox County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,152 36.4  
  Commuting Out of County 5,509 63.6  
  Total Residents 8,661 100.0  
  Employees in Knox County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,152 44.4  
  Commuting Into County 3,941 55.6  
  Total Employees 7,093 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Knox County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$617$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries5998651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,0081,0491,086 
 Construction8021,0111,155 
 Manufacturing7441,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities520789881 
 Information8621,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7291,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5149311,377 
 Education and Health Services730906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality252327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified545626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.