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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  
    Clay County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jul. 2018 2017 Jul. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 5,640 5,517 86,542 86,777  
  Employed 5,161 5,072 80,524 81,112  
  Unemployed 479 445 6,018 5,665  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 8.5 8.1 7.0 6.5  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Clay County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 13.4 11.5 8.3 7.4  
  2014 11.5 9.3 6.5 6.2  
  2015 9.7 7.7 5.4 5.3  
  2016 9.6 7.7 5 4.9  
  2017 8.5 7.0 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Clay County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 2,117 37.8  
  Commuting Out of County 3,484 62.2  
  Total Residents 5,601 100.0  
  Employees in Clay County  
  Working and Residing In County 2,117 52.6  
  Commuting Into County 1,904 47.4  
  Total Employees 4,021 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Clay County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$661$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6248651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining6921,0491,086 
 Construction6631,0111,155 
 Manufacturing4541,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities489789881 
 Information9411,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7101,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7539311,377 
 Education and Health Services685906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality284327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified573626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.