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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  
    KentuckyConnected Region Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 59,918 59,992 1,390,211 1,401,488  
  Employed 57,701 57,976 1,336,673 1,356,056  
  Unemployed 2,217 2,016 53,538 45,432  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 3.7 3.4 3.9 3.2  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year KentuckyConnected Region Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 5.5 5.6 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.5 4.6 5.4 5.3  
  2016 3.9 4.2 5 4.9  
  2017 3.9 4.2 4.9 4.4  
  2018 3.7 3.9 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of KentuckyConnected Region 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 14,629 29.7  
  Commuting Out of County 34,657 70.3  
  Total Residents 49,286 100.0  
  Employees in KentuckyConnected Region  
  Working and Residing In County 14,629 52.0  
  Commuting Into County 13,509 48.0  
  Total Employees 28,138 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    KentuckyConnected Region Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$840$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries9068651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining6711,0491,086 
 Construction9441,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,3631,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities771789881 
 Information1,2871,0442,011 
 Financial Activities1,0951,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,0769311,377 
 Education and Health Services728906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality312327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified650626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.