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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  
    Graves County Labor Market Area  
  2017 Sep. 2018 2017 Sep. 2018  
  Civilian Labor Force 16,041 15,662 123,597 122,148  
  Employed 15,094 14,931 116,578 116,383  
  Unemployed 947 731 7,019 5,765  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 5.9 4.7 5.7 4.7  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Graves County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  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  
  2017 5.9 5.7 4.9 4.4  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Graves County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 5,924 43.6  
  Commuting Out of County 7,664 56.4  
  Total Residents 13,588 100.0  
  Employees in Graves County  
  Working and Residing In County 5,924 58.9  
  Commuting Into County 4,139 41.1  
  Total Employees 10,063 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Graves County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$695$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries6758651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining6331,0491,086 
 Construction6831,0111,155 
 Manufacturing6401,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities704789881 
 Information9241,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7981,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services7189311,377 
 Education and Health Services788906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality226327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified917626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.