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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 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. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Kentucky 5.1% -0.3 -0.2
Lexington 3.7% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 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 11,414 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 9,498 -432 -996

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.0%
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 3.7% 9,498
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
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.3% 10,956
October
2015
5.0% 5.5% 4.1% 10,511
September
2015
5.1% 5.4% 4.0% 10,214
August
2015
5.1% 5.3% 4.0% 10,094
July
2015
5.3% 5.3% 4.0% 10,174

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.