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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  
    Nicholas County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 3,287 3,231 272,870 275,408  
  Employed 3,137 3,109 262,734 266,357  
  Unemployed 150 122 10,136 9,051  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.6 3.8 3.7 3.3  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Nicholas County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 8.0 5.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.0 4.4 5.4 5.3  
  2016 5.4 4.0 5 4.9  
  2017 5.4 4.1 4.9 4.4  
  2018 4.6 3.7 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Nicholas County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 405 15.4  
  Commuting Out of County 2,225 84.6  
  Total Residents 2,630 100.0  
  Employees in Nicholas County  
  Working and Residing In County 405 56.3  
  Commuting Into County 315 43.8  
  Total Employees 720 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Nicholas County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$498$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries5598651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining4191,0491,086 
 Construction6301,0111,155 
 Manufacturing6061,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities409789881 
 Information6281,0442,011 
 Financial Activities8821,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services5129311,377 
 Education and Health Services761906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality140327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified469626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.