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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  
    Shelby County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jul. 2018 2017 Jul. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 24,212 25,173 819,243 841,927  
  Employed 23,333 23,914 785,833 805,174  
  Unemployed 879 1,259 33,410 36,753  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.6 5.0 4.1 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Shelby County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 6.8 7.4 8.3 7.4  
  2014 5.0 5.6 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.1 4.5 5.4 5.3  
  2016 3.5 4.0 5 4.9  
  2017 3.6 4.1 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Shelby County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 5,947 31.5  
  Commuting Out of County 12,913 68.5  
  Total Residents 18,860 100.0  
  Employees in Shelby County  
  Working and Residing In County 5,947 40.0  
  Commuting Into County 8,931 60.0  
  Total Employees 14,878 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Shelby County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$725$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries7628651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining6311,0491,086 
 Construction8551,0111,155 
 Manufacturing9651,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities731789881 
 Information7431,0442,011 
 Financial Activities9671,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services6099311,377 
 Education and Health Services850906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality316327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified625626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.