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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  
    Whitley County Labor Market Area  
  2015 Jan. 2017 2015 Jan. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 12,833 13,267 80,970 82,941  
  Employed 11,940 12,351 75,018 76,526  
  Unemployed 893 916 5,952 6,415  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 7.0 6.9 7.4 7.7  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Whitley County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2011 10.8 11.6 9.5 8.9  
  2012 9.5 10.5 8.2 8.1  
  2013 9.7 10.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 8.7 8.9 6.5 6.2  
  2015 7.0 7.4 5.4 5.3  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2013  
    Whitley County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
  All Industries $634 $784 $957  
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 388 631 568  
  Mining 733 1,318 1,888  
  Construction 870 911 1,019  
  Manufacturing 771 1,030 1,176  
  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 587 722 817  
  Information 624 853 1,616  
  Financial Activities 650 1,069 1,549  
  Services 410 692 857  
  Public Administration 466 813 1,097  
  Other 997 1,109 987  
     
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.