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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  
    Laurel County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Aug. 2018 2017 Aug. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 24,697 25,001 141,049 139,520  
  Employed 23,243 23,747 133,103 132,785  
  Unemployed 1,454 1,254 7,946 6,735  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.9 5.0 5.6 4.8  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Laurel County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 9.2 9.2 8.3 7.4  
  2014 7.6 7.5 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.3 6.1 5.4 5.3  
  2016 6.1 5.7 5 4.9  
  2017 5.9 5.6 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Laurel County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 11,863 58.5  
  Commuting Out of County 8,412 41.5  
  Total Residents 20,275 100.0  
  Employees in Laurel County  
  Working and Residing In County 11,863 44.8  
  Commuting Into County 14,629 55.2  
  Total Employees 26,492 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Laurel County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$666$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6668651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,3281,0491,086 
 Construction7541,0111,155 
 Manufacturing8381,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities668789881 
 Information3101,0442,011 
 Financial Activities8731,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5719311,377 
 Education and Health Services842906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality290327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified562626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.