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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  
    Jefferson County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Jul. 2018 2017 Jul. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 394,248 406,333 692,660 715,424  
  Employed 376,784 387,276 664,012 683,679  
  Unemployed 17,464 19,057 28,648 31,745  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.4 4.7 4.1 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Jefferson County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 8.1 7.8 8.3 7.4  
  2014 6.1 5.9 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.9 4.8 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.4 4.3 5 4.9  
  2017 4.4 4.1 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Jefferson County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 275,600 82.5  
  Commuting Out of County 58,283 17.5  
  Total Residents 333,883 100.0  
  Employees in Jefferson County  
  Working and Residing In County 275,600 62.3  
  Commuting Into County 166,869 37.7  
  Total Employees 442,469 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Jefferson County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$1,004$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries1,0128651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,0671,0491,086 
 Construction1,1051,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,2721,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities955789881 
 Information1,2131,0442,011 
 Financial Activities1,5561,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,0719311,377 
 Education and Health Services1,010906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality391327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified688626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.