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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  
    Harlan County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Feb. 2018 2017 Feb. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 6,948 6,737 41,961 41,107  
  Employed 6,294 6,230 38,567 38,356  
  Unemployed 654 507 3,394 2,751  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 9.4 7.5 8.1 6.7  
  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 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,193 46.8  
  Commuting Out of County 3,626 53.2  
  Total Residents 6,819 100.0  
  Employees in Harlan County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,193 54.3  
  Commuting Into County 2,692 45.7  
  Total Employees 5,885 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Harlan County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$673$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6818311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,2911,0751,124 
 Construction7879931,096 
 Manufacturing7321,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities510758852 
 Information7589441,829 
 Financial Activities6941,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services7638781,332 
 Education and Health Services737878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality239312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified430591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.