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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  
    Barren County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 18,885 19,305 138,410 142,175  
  Employed 18,016 18,387 132,361 135,395  
  Unemployed 869 918 6,049 6,780  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.6 4.8 4.4 4.8  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Barren County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 8.1 7.6 8.2 8.1  
  2013 8.2 7.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 6.3 6.1 6.5 6.2  
  2015 5.3 5.1 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.6 4.4 5 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Barren County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 8,392 50.4  
  Commuting Out of County 8,273 49.6  
  Total Residents 16,665 100.0  
  Employees in Barren County  
  Working and Residing In County 8,392 52.5  
  Commuting Into County 7,583 47.5  
  Total Employees 15,975 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Barren County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$669$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6648311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining7391,0751,124 
 Construction7579931,096 
 Manufacturing8761,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities562758852 
 Information8479441,829 
 Financial Activities8121,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services3738781,332 
 Education and Health Services926878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality257312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified391591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.