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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  
    Barren County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Sep. 2018 2017 Sep. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 19,257 19,100 143,321 145,197  
  Employed 18,377 18,296 136,989 139,783  
  Unemployed 880 804 6,332 5,414  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.6 4.2 4.4 3.7  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Barren County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  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  
  2017 4.6 4.4 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Barren County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 8,529 51.4  
  Commuting Out of County 8,080 48.6  
  Total Residents 16,609 100.0  
  Employees in Barren County  
  Working and Residing In County 8,529 52.6  
  Commuting Into County 7,685 47.4  
  Total Employees 16,214 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Barren County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$655$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6758651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7441,0491,086 
 Construction7931,0111,155 
 Manufacturing8741,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities623789881 
 Information8161,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7781,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5519311,377 
 Education and Health Services909906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality264327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified403626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.