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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.5%. 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 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in February 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Kentucky 7.8% +0.1 -0.4
Lexington 6.5% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 20,888. There are now 5,158 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,387 in February 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 343. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 15,730 +102 +343

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 7.9%
February
2014
6.7% 7.8% 6.5% 15,730
January
2014
6.6% 7.7% 6.4% 15,628
December
2013
6.7% 7.9% 6.6% 16,040
November
2013
7.0% 8.1% 6.7% 16,425
October
2013
7.2% 8.2% 6.6% 16,254
September
2013
7.2% 8.3% 6.4% 15,910
August
2013
7.2% 8.4% 6.4% 15,916
July
2013
7.3% 8.4% 6.6% 16,478
June
2013
7.5% 8.4% 6.7% 16,840
May
2013
7.5% 8.3% 6.5% 16,192
April
2013
7.5% 8.3% 6.4% 15,778
March
2013
7.5% 8.3% 6.4% 15,672

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.