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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  
    Fayette County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Aug. 2018 2017 Aug. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 174,304 175,466 446,770 445,678  
  Employed 167,944 169,801 428,384 429,610  
  Unemployed 6,360 5,665 18,386 16,068  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.6 3.2 4.1 3.6  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Fayette County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 6.5 7.0 8.3 7.4  
  2014 4.8 5.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 3.9 4.4 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 Fayette County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 93,241 70.6  
  Commuting Out of County 38,918 29.4  
  Total Residents 132,159 100.0  
  Employees in Fayette County  
  Working and Residing In County 93,241 50.5  
  Commuting Into County 91,573 49.5  
  Total Employees 184,814 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Fayette County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$910$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries8608651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining8621,0491,086 
 Construction1,1021,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,4671,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities729789881 
 Information1,1931,0442,011 
 Financial Activities1,2061,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services9319311,377 
 Education and Health Services975906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality357327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified703626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.