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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  
    Breathitt County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Apr. 2017 2016 Apr. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 3,882 3,977 25,435 25,190  
  Employed 3,519 3,621 22,557 22,696  
  Unemployed 363 356 2,878 2,494  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 9.4 9.0 11.3 9.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Breathitt County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 11.9 12.8 8.2 8.1  
  2013 12.3 14.2 8.3 7.4  
  2014 11.6 11.2 6.5 6.2  
  2015 9.5 10.1 5.4 5.3  
  2016 9.4 11.3 5 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Breathitt County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,535 39.7  
  Commuting Out of County 2,329 60.3  
  Total Residents 3,864 100.0  
  Employees in Breathitt County  
  Working and Residing In County 1,535 47.0  
  Commuting Into County 1,731 53.0  
  Total Employees 3,266 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Breathitt County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$653$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6078311,017 
 Natural Resources and Mining01,0751,124 
 ConstructionN/A9931,096 
 Manufacturing4171,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities501758852 
 Information6209441,829 
 Financial Activities8101,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services4308781,332 
 Education and Health Services743878911 
 Leisure and HospitalityN/A312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified399591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.