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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  
    Clay County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Dec. 2017 2016 Dec. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 5,635 5,449 84,525 85,551  
  Employed 5,093 5,118 78,039 81,022  
  Unemployed 542 331 6,486 4,529  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 9.6 6.1 7.7 5.3  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Clay County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 12.7 11.0 8.2 8.1  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Clay County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,994 35.3  
  Commuting Out of County 3,653 64.7  
  Total Residents 5,647 100.0  
  Employees in Clay County  
  Working and Residing In County 1,994 52.2  
  Commuting Into County 1,828 47.8  
  Total Employees 3,822 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Clay County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$663$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries5978311,017 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/A1,0751,124 
 ConstructionN/A9931,096 
 Manufacturing4291,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities473758852 
 Information6499441,829 
 Financial Activities6591,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services5298781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/A312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified479591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.