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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  
    Northern Kentucky Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 208,957 211,563 932,834 944,693  
  Employed 201,888 205,084 896,447 916,995  
  Unemployed 7,069 6,479 36,387 27,698  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.4 3.1 3.9 2.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Northern Kentucky Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 5.4 5.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.4 4.5 5.4 5.3  
  2016 3.9 4.3 5 4.9  
  2017 3.9 4.2 4.9 4.4  
  2018 3.4 3.9 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Northern Kentucky 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 99,611 56.1  
  Commuting Out of County 77,893 43.9  
  Total Residents 177,504 100.0  
  Employees in Northern Kentucky  
  Working and Residing In County 99,611 60.8  
  Commuting Into County 64,262 39.2  
  Total Employees 163,873 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Northern Kentucky Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$909$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries9258651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining6811,0491,086 
 Construction1,0761,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,1551,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities908789881 
 Information1,0911,0442,011 
 Financial Activities1,3121,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,0689311,377 
 Education and Health Services1,009906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality340327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified593626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.