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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  
    Mercer County Labor Market Area  
  2018 Feb. 2019 2018 Feb. 2019  
  Civilian Labor Force 9,871 9,718 362,804 361,607  
  Employed 9,431 9,285 349,645 348,523  
  Unemployed 440 433 13,159 13,084  
  Unemployment Rate (%) 4.5 4.5 3.6 3.6  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Unemployment Rate (%)  
  Year Mercer County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.  
  2014 6.2 5.4 6.5 6.2  
  2015 5.1 4.3 5.4 5.3  
  2016 4.7 3.8 5 4.9  
  2017 4.9 3.9 4.9 4.4  
  2018 4.5 3.6 4.3 3.9  
  Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

  Commuting Patterns  
  Residents of Mercer County 2015 Percent  
  Working and Residing In County 2,859 32.1  
  Commuting Out of County 6,040 67.9  
  Total Residents 8,899 100.0  
  Employees in Mercer County  
  Working and Residing In County 2,859 44.9  
  Commuting Into County 3,505 55.1  
  Total Employees 6,364 100.0  
  Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.  
  Note: Data for Kentucky and border states only.  

  Average Weekly Wage, 2017  
    Mercer County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S.  
 Total All Industries$839$845$1,042 
 Total Private Industries9358651,064 
 Natural Resources and Mining7671,0491,086 
 Construction7321,0111,155 
 Manufacturing1,3351,1081,272 
 Trade, Transportation and Utilities778789881 
 Information5801,0442,011 
 Financial Activities7221,2361,752 
 Professional and Business Services1,4159311,377 
 Education and Health Services832906940 
 Leisure and Hospitality350327441 
 Other Services and Unclassified475626734 
  Source: JobsEQ, Chmura Economics.