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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  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 380,367 400,379 673,166 702,303  
  Employed 363,746 381,424 644,506 671,018  
  Unemployed 16,621 18,955 28,660 31,285  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.4 4.7 4.3 4.5  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Jefferson County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 8.6 8.3 8.2 8.1  
  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  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Jefferson County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 266,815 82.1  
  Commuting Out of County 58,037 17.9  
  Total Residents 324,852 100.0  
  Employees in Jefferson County  
  Working and Residing In County 266,815 61.3  
  Commuting Into County 168,152 38.7  
  Total Employees 434,967 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Jefferson County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$988$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries9798311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,1171,0751,124 
 Construction1,0589931,096 
 Manufacturing1,3161,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities913758852 
 Information1,1469441,829 
 Financial Activities1,4461,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services9958781,332 
 Education and Health Services1,007878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality378312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified649591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.