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Work Force

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  
    Graves County Labor Market Area  
  2016 Aug. 2017 2016 Aug. 2017  
  Civilian Labor Force 15,461 15,703 122,504 123,759  
  Employed 14,537 14,736 115,267 116,291  
  Unemployed 924 967 7,237 7,468  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 6.0 6.2 5.9 6.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Graves County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2012 8.5 9.3 8.2 8.1  
  2013 9.2 9.3 8.3 7.4  
  2014 7.6 7.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 6.3 6.4 5.4 5.3  
  2016 6.0 5.9 5 4.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Graves County 2014 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 5,947 43.0  
  Commuting Out of County 7,870 57.0  
  Total Residents 13,817 100.0  
  Employees in Graves County  
  Working and Residing In County 5,947 56.4  
  Commuting Into County 4,596 43.6  
  Total Employees 10,543 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2015  
    Graves County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$675$834$1,018 
 Total Private Industries6638311,017 
 Natural Resources and MiningN/A1,0751,124 
 Construction6649931,096 
 Manufacturing6661,0911,237 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities654758852 
 Information8369441,829 
 Financial Activities7311,1691,691 
 Professional and Business Services5108781,332 
 Education and Health Services698878911 
 Leisure and Hospitality212312419 
 Other Services and Unclassified866591691 
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.