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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  
    Muhlenberg County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Apr. 2019 2018 Apr. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 10,604 10,215 145,345 145,290  
  Employed 9,890 9,643 138,597 139,401  
  Unemployed 714 572 6,748 5,889  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.7 5.6 4.6 4.1  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Muhlenberg County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 7.6 6.5 6.5 6.2  
  2015 7.1 5.6 5.4 5.3  
  2016 7.0 5.3 5 4.9  
  2017 6.7 5.2 4.9 4.4  
  2018 6.7 4.6 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Muhlenberg County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 4,786 44.5  
  Commuting Out of County 5,977 55.5  
  Total Residents 10,763 100.0  
  Employees in Muhlenberg County  
  Working and Residing In County 4,786 57.5  
  Commuting Into County 3,538 42.5  
  Total Employees 8,324 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Muhlenberg County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$793$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries8178651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining1,3211,0491,086 
 Construction1,1191,0111,155 
 Manufacturing8061,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities607789881 
 Information5941,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7801,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,0359311,377 
 Education and Health Services942906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality236327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified516626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.