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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.

Total Available Labor

Total Unemployed Potential Labor Supply Future Labor
Labor Market Area 12,517 8,921 3,596 11,002
Rowan County 936 936 N/A 974

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

Rowan County Labor Market Area
2015 Nov. 2016 2015 Nov. 2016
Civilian Labor Force 10,279 10,582 84,693 86,244
Employed 9,666 10,116 78,603 81,476
Unemployed 613 466 6,090 4,768
Unemployment Rate (%) 6.0 4.4 7.2 5.5

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

Unemployment Rate (%)

Year Rowan County Labor Market Area Kentucky U.S.
2011 8.4 10.5 9.5 8.9
2012 7.3 9.0 8.2 8.1
2013 7.5 9.2 8.3 7.4
2014 7.0 8.1 6.5 6.2
2015 6.0 7.2 5.4 5.3

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

Commuting Patterns

Residents of Rowan County 2010 Percent
Working and Residing In County 4,238 54.3
Commuting Out of County 3,569 45.7
Total Residents 7,807 100.0
Employees in Rowan County
Working and Residing In County 4,238 43.6
Commuting Into County 5,474 56.4
Total Employees 9,712 100.0

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.

Average Weekly Wage, 2013

Rowan County Kentucky U.S. Ohio
All Industries $606 $784 $957 $859
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 0 631 568 566
Mining 0 1,318 1,888 1,237
Construction 0 911 1,019 1,000
Manufacturing 678 1,030 1,176 1,072
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 473 722 817 807
Information 747 853 1,616 1,219
Financial Activities 645 1,069 1,549 1,614
Services 291 692 857 783
Public Administration 633 813 1,097 1,032
Other 393 1,109 987 713
IN IL TN VA
All Industries $801 $1,011 $848 $998
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 658 646 568 571
Mining 1,295 1,342 1,225 1,309
Construction 1,030 1,185 901 939
Manufacturing 1,084 1,221 1,052 1,058
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 703 880 800 764
Information 940 1,359 1,125 1,591
Financial Activities 1,057 1,714 1,251 1,385
Services 687 907 768 977
Public Administration 822 1,175 842 1,342
Other 400 717 1,170 757

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