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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in July 2009 at 8.8% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Kentucky 5.2% +0.1 -1.5
Lexington 4.1% +0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2015 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lexington, Kentucky, National

Lexington, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lexington peaked in July 2009 at 20,912. There are now 10,354 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,690 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 868. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 10,558 +169 -3,048

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 5.1%
May
2015
5.5% 5.2% 4.1% 10,558
April
2015
5.4% 5.1% 4.0% 10,389
March
2015
5.5% 5.1% 3.8% 9,693
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 3.8% 9,690
January
2015
5.7% 5.5% 4.2% 10,794
December
2014
5.6% 5.5% 4.2% 10,825
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 4.3% 11,118
October
2014
5.7% 5.6% 4.4% 11,320
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 4.6% 11,676
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 4.8% 12,246
July
2014
6.2% 6.2% 4.9% 12,742

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.