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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  
    Breathitt County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Aug. 2018 2017 Aug. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 3,942 3,776 25,343 24,308  
  Employed 3,606 3,523 22,985 22,559  
  Unemployed 336 253 2,358 1,749  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 8.5 6.7 9.3 7.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Breathitt County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  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  
  2017 8.5 9.3 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Breathitt County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 1,629 40.8  
  Commuting Out of County 2,368 59.2  
  Total Residents 3,997 100.0  
  Employees in Breathitt County  
  Working and Residing In County 1,629 51.7  
  Commuting Into County 1,521 48.3  
  Total Employees 3,150 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Breathitt County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$643$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6188651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining2,2081,0491,086 
 Construction6231,0111,155 
 Manufacturing4341,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities545789881 
 Information6141,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7911,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,2939311,377 
 Education and Health Services732906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality292327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified341626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.