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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  
    Fayette County Labor Market Area  
  2017 May. 2018 2017 May. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 174,304 176,746 446,770 451,694  
  Employed 167,944 171,106 428,384 435,772  
  Unemployed 6,360 5,640 18,386 15,922  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.6 3.2 4.1 3.5  
  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, 2015  
    Fayette County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$890$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries8388311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining9371,0751,124 
 Construction1,0519931,096 
 Manufacturing1,3501,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities715758852 
 Information8589441,829 
 Financial Activities1,1701,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services9488781,332 
 Education and Health Services952878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality340312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified681591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.