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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  
  2016 Jul. 2017 2016 Jul. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 13,241 13,991 81,665 84,104  
  Employed 12,382 12,988 76,018 77,904  
  Unemployed 859 1,003 5,647 6,200  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.5 7.2 6.9 7.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

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

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Whitley County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 4,798 44.2  
  Commuting Out of County 6,063 55.8  
  Total Residents 10,861 100.0  
  Employees in Whitley County  
  Working and Residing In County 4,798 45.1  
  Commuting Into County 5,846 54.9  
  Total Employees 10,644 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Whitley County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$681$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6898311,017 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/A1,0751,124 
 Construction8449931,096 
 Manufacturing8861,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities577758852 
 Information5549441,829 
 Financial Activities6711,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services6268781,332 
 Education and Health ServicesN/A878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality255312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified446591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.