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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.7%. 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 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in November 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Kentucky 5.0% -0.2 +0.1
Lexington 3.7% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 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 10,943 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,295 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 674. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 9,969 -159 +407

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 5.0% 3.7% 9,969
September
2017
4.2% 5.2% 3.7% 10,128
August
2017
4.4% 5.5% 4.2% 11,372
July
2017
4.3% 5.4% 4.2% 11,497
June
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.0% 10,966
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.7% 10,084
April
2017
4.4% 5.1% 3.9% 10,751
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 3.8% 10,168
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 3.7% 9,904
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 3.8% 10,129
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.5% 9,295

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.