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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in July 2009 at 8.8% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Kentucky 5.1% +0.1 -0.4
Lexington 3.8% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 11,094 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,271 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 547. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 9,818 +168 -693

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.1% 3.8% 9,818
September
2016
5.0% 5.0% 3.7% 9,650
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.6% 9,271
July
2016
4.9% 5.0% 3.7% 9,304
June
2016
4.9% 5.0% 3.7% 9,578
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.7% 9,502
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 3.9% 9,930
March
2016
5.0% 5.6% 4.0% 10,300
February
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.1% 10,464
January
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.2% 10,607
December
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.4% 11,309

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.