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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  
    Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jul. 2018 2017 Jul. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 48,631 49,920 164,664 165,093  
  Employed 45,605 46,939 155,269 155,645  
  Unemployed 3,026 2,981 9,395 9,448  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.2 6.0 5.7 5.7  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 10.0 9.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 8.4 7.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.9 6.4 5.4 5.3  
  2016 6.6 6.0 5 4.9  
  2017 6.2 5.7 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 27,809 70.1  
  Commuting Out of County 11,862 29.9  
  Total Residents 39,671 100.0  
  Employees in Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties  
  Working and Residing In County 27,809 63.4  
  Commuting Into County 16,061 36.6  
  Total Employees 43,870 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$668$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6708651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,0551,0491,086 
 Construction7871,0111,155 
 Manufacturing8401,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities632789881 
 Information4501,0442,011 
 Financial Activities8151,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5809311,377 
 Education and Health Services846906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality281327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified537626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.