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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.

Available Labor, 2012

  Total Unemployed Potential Labor Supply Future Labor: Becoming 19 Years of Age (2014-2017)
Labor Market Area 18,164 15,530 2,634 21,896
Washington County 589 482 107 690

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

  Washington County Labor Market Area
  2013 Jan. 2015 2013 Jan. 2015
Civilian Labor Force 5,528 5,961 189,458 178,208
Employed 5,073 5,671 174,648 168,031
Unemployed 455 290 14,810 10,177
Unemployment Rate (%) 8.2 4.9 7.8 5.7
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment Rate (%)

Year Washington County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S. 
2009 13.4 11.2 10.5 9.3
2010 11.4 10.7 10.5 9..6
2011 10.5 10.0 9.5 8.9
2012 8.6 8.2 8.2 8.1
2013 8.2 7.8 8.3 7.4
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Commuting Patterns

Residents of Washington County 2010  Percent
Working and Residing In County 1,310 30.4
Commuting Out of County 2,996 69.6
Total Residents 4,306 100.0
Employees in Washington County 2010  Percent
Working and Residing In County 1,310 48.0
Commuting Out of County 1,422 52.0
Total Residents 2,732 100.0

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average Weekly Wage, 2013

  Washington County Kentucky (Statewide) U.S. Ohio
All Industries $657 $784 $957 $859
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 0 631 568 566
Mining 0 1,318 1,888 1,237
Construction 861 911 1,019 1,000
Manufacturing 928 1,030 1,176 1,072
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 472 722 817 807
Information 0 853 1,616 1,219
Financial Activities 773 1,069 1,549 1,614
Services 484 692 857 783
Public Administration 536 813 1,097 1,032
Other 0 1,109 987 713
  Indiana Illinois Tennessee Virginia
All Industries $774 $978 $816  $974
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 602 618 537 541
Mining 1,232 1,255 1,185 1,336
Construction 990 1,141 864 915
Manufacturing 1,065 1,177 1,017 1,028
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 683 848 782 747
Information 882 1,282 1,088 1,483
Financial Activities 990 1,663 1,184 1,294
Services 662 876 732 955
Public Administration 803 1,130 818 1,356
Other 727 803 1,431 779
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.