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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  
    Letcher County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 6,316 6,322 60,330 59,894  
  Employed 5,904 5,943 56,702 56,776  
  Unemployed 412 379 3,628 3,118  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.5 6.0 6.0 5.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Letcher County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 12.3 10.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 11.2 9.6 5.4 5.3  
  2016 11.9 10.5 5 4.9  
  2017 9.2 8.0 4.9 4.4  
  2018 6.5 6.0 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Letcher County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 2,583 37.6  
  Commuting Out of County 4,292 62.4  
  Total Residents 6,875 100.0  
  Employees in Letcher County  
  Working and Residing In County 2,583 55.7  
  Commuting Into County 2,054 44.3  
  Total Employees 4,637 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Letcher County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$644$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6628651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7311,0491,086 
 Construction7031,0111,155 
 Manufacturing7311,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities571789881 
 Information7051,0442,011 
 Financial Activities5621,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7239311,377 
 Education and Health Services864906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality253327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified422626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.