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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  
    Whitley County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Sep. 2018 2017 Sep. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 13,726 13,833 83,834 83,669  
  Employed 12,927 13,155 78,646 79,278  
  Unemployed 799 678 5,188 4,391  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.8 4.9 6.2 5.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Whitley County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  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  
  2016 6.5 6.9 5 4.9  
  2017 5.8 6.2 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Whitley County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 4,607 42.9  
  Commuting Out of County 6,128 57.1  
  Total Residents 10,735 100.0  
  Employees in Whitley County  
  Working and Residing In County 4,607 44.8  
  Commuting Into County 5,678 55.2  
  Total Employees 10,285 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Whitley County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$706$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries7298651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7601,0491,086 
 Construction8661,0111,155 
 Manufacturing9051,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities586789881 
 Information6771,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7151,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7129311,377 
 Education and Health Services916906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality282327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified494626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.