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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  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 168,079 174,710 432,427 443,043  
  Employed 162,204 167,836 415,053 423,556  
  Unemployed 5,875 6,874 17,374 19,487  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.5 3.9 4.0 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Fayette County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 6.3 7.0 8.2 8.1  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Fayette County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 88,754 70.0  
  Commuting Out of County 38,103 30.0  
  Total Residents 126,857 100.0  
  Employees in Fayette County  
  Working and Residing In County 88,754 49.1  
  Commuting Into County 91,876 50.9  
  Total Employees 180,630 100.0  
  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.