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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  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 46,682 48,604 161,034 162,064  
  Employed 43,615 45,257 151,370 152,025  
  Unemployed 3,067 3,347 9,664 10,039  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.6 6.9 6.0 6.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 9.9 9.6 8.2 8.1  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 27,993 69.2  
  Commuting Out of County 12,487 30.8  
  Total Residents 40,480 100.0  
  Employees in Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties  
  Working and Residing In County 27,993 63.5  
  Commuting Into County 16,094 36.5  
  Total Employees 44,087 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Knox, Laurel & Whitley Counties Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$658$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6508311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,3641,0751,124 
 Construction7989931,096 
 Manufacturing8041,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities571758852 
 Information5479441,829 
 Financial Activities7711,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services5768781,332 
 Education and Health Services787878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality263312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified485591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.