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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.4 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in July 2009 at 8.8% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Kentucky 5.3% +0.3 -0.2
Lexington 4.3% +0.4 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 9,836 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,212 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,864. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 11,076 +1,133 +251

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.3% 4.3% 11,076
November
2015
5.0% 5.0% 3.9% 9,943
October
2015
5.0% 4.9% 3.6% 9,212
September
2015
5.1% 5.0% 3.7% 9,422
August
2015
5.1% 5.2% 3.7% 9,469
July
2015
5.3% 5.2% 3.9% 9,981
June
2015
5.3% 5.1% 3.8% 9,936
May
2015
5.5% 5.2% 4.1% 10,584
April
2015
5.4% 5.1% 4.0% 10,389
March
2015
5.5% 5.1% 3.8% 9,693
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 3.8% 9,690

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.