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’s 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.  
  Total Available Labor  
    Available Labor, 2012 Future Labor:
Becoming 18 Years of Age
(2014-2017)
 
  Total Unemployed Potential Labor Supply  
  Labor Market Area 40,904 39,146 1,758 52,668  
  Simpson County 773 773 N/A 995  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED); U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
Note: Total Available Labor = Unemployed + Potential Labor Supply.
Unemployed - people currently not employed, but actively seeking work.
Potential Labor Supply: Determined by the national labor force participation rate minus each county’s labor force participation rate. Labor force participation rates are calculated by dividing the labor force by the population. NA (Not Applicable) applies to counties with a labor force participation rate greater than the national average.
Future Labor - people becoming 18 years of age (not part of the total available labor statistics).
 
  Civilian Labor Force  
    Simpson County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Oct. 2017 2016 Oct. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 8,316 8,675 617,359 645,229  
  Employed 7,951 8,329 593,859 628,494  
  Unemployed 365 346 23,500 16,735  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.4 4.0 3.8 2.6  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Simpson County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 8.0 6.8 8.2 8.1  
  2013 7.1 6.7 8.3 7.4  
  2014 5.8 5.3 6.5 6.2  
  2015 4.8 4.6 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.4 3.8 5 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Simpson County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 3,181 43.9  
  Commuting Out of County 4,057 56.1  
  Total Residents 7,238 100.0  
  Employees in Simpson County  
  Working and Residing In County 3,181 40.4  
  Commuting Into County 4,696 59.6  
  Total Employees 7,877 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Average Weekly Wage, 2013  
    Simpson County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S. Ohio  
  All Industries $658 $784 $957 $859  
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 860 631 568 566  
  Mining N/A 1,318 1,888 1,237  
  Construction 600 911 1,019 1,000  
  Manufacturing 896 1,030 1,176 1,072  
  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 522 722 817 807  
  Information 525 853 1,616 1,219  
  Financial Activities 735 1,069 1,549 1,614  
  Services 313 692 857 783  
  Public Administration 622 813 1,097 1,032  
  Other 0 1,109 987 713  
     
    Indiana Illinois Tennessee Virginia  
  All Industries $801 $1,011 $848 $998  
  Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 658 646 568 571  
  Mining 1,295 1,342 1,225 1,309  
  Construction 1,030 1,185 901 939  
  Manufacturing 1,084 1,221 1,052 1,058  
  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 703 880 800 764  
  Information 940 1,359 1,125 1,591  
  Financial Activities 1,057 1,714 1,251 1,385  
  Services 687 907 768 977  
  Public Administration 822 1,175 842 1,342  
  Other 400 717 1,170 757  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.