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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  
    Harlan County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jul. 2018 2017 Jul. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 6,948 6,747 41,961 40,627  
  Employed 6,294 6,173 38,567 37,772  
  Unemployed 654 574 3,394 2,855  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 9.4 8.5 8.1 7.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Harlan County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 17.6 14.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 13.9 11.0 6.5 6.2  
  2015 11.7 9.5 5.4 5.3  
  2016 12.1 10.1 5 4.9  
  2017 9.4 8.1 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Harlan County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,316 50.6  
  Commuting Out of County 3,233 49.4  
  Total Residents 6,549 100.0  
  Employees in Harlan County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,316 53.9  
  Commuting Into County 2,833 46.1  
  Total Employees 6,149 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Harlan County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$655$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6798651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,3171,0491,086 
 Construction6141,0111,155 
 Manufacturing7331,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities492789881 
 Information1,0381,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7091,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5769311,377 
 Education and Health Services752906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality239327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified480626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.