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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  
    Lee County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Nov. 2018 2017 Nov. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 1,952 2,114 23,706 24,029  
  Employed 1,789 2,009 21,928 22,819  
  Unemployed 163 105 1,778 1,210  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 8.4 5.0 7.5 5.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Lee County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2013 12.6 11.5 8.3 7.4  
  2014 9.7 9.8 6.5 6.2  
  2015 8.5 8.1 5.4 5.3  
  2016 9.2 7.7 5 4.9  
  2017 8.4 7.5 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Lee County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 565 38.1  
  Commuting Out of County 918 61.9  
  Total Residents 1,483 100.0  
  Employees in Lee County  
  Working and Residing In County 565 36.9  
  Commuting Into County 967 63.1  
  Total Employees 1,532 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Lee County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$633$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6948651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7871,0491,086 
 Construction9721,0111,155 
 Manufacturing5121,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities641789881 
 Information1,5151,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7281,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7129311,377 
 Education and Health Services853906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality285327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified533626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.