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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  
    Northern Kentucky Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 196,309 208,021 904,580 937,987  
  Employed 188,618 199,599 866,044 895,851  
  Unemployed 7,691 8,422 38,536 42,136  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.9 4.0 4.3 4.5  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Northern Kentucky Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 7.4 7.1 8.2 8.1  
  2013 7.0 7.1 8.3 7.4  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Northern Kentucky 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 95,954 55.6  
  Commuting Out of County 76,689 44.4  
  Total Residents 172,643 100.0  
  Employees in Northern Kentucky  
  Working and Residing In County 95,954 59.8  
  Commuting Into County 64,446 40.2  
  Total Employees 160,400 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Northern Kentucky Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$877$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries8738311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining5371,0751,124 
 Construction1,0109931,096 
 Manufacturing1,1451,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities815758852 
 Information1,0419441,829 
 Financial Activities1,2121,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services1,0088781,332 
 Education and Health Services940878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality313312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified571591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.