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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  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 23,625 24,587 137,491 138,878  
  Employed 22,189 22,997 129,644 130,272  
  Unemployed 1,436 1,590 7,847 8,606  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.1 6.5 5.7 6.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Laurel County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 9.5 9.2 8.2 8.1  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Laurel County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 11,583 56.9  
  Commuting Out of County 8,785 43.1  
  Total Residents 20,368 100.0  
  Employees in Laurel County  
  Working and Residing In County 11,583 44.3  
  Commuting Into County 14,561 55.7  
  Total Employees 26,144 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Laurel County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$664$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6558311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,4401,0751,124 
 Construction8079931,096 
 Manufacturing7991,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities600758852 
 Information5229441,829 
 Financial Activities8231,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services5578781,332 
 Education and Health Services787878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality275312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified514591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.