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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.3 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 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 3.4% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Kentucky 5.0% +0.2 -0.3
Lexington 3.8% +0.3 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 10,894 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,878 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,140. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 10,018 +793 -589

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 3.8% 10,018
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.5% 9,225
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 3.4% 8,878
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 3.8% 9,894
September
2016
4.9% 5.0% 3.7% 9,650
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 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% 5.0% 3.7% 9,502
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 3.9% 9,930
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 4.0% 10,300

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.