Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in July 2009 at 8.8% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Kentucky 5.5% 0.0 -2.1
Lexington 4.8% -0.3 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 20,938. There are now 9,504 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 11,434 -606 -4,434

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5% 5.1%
February
2015
5.5% 5.3%
January
2015
5.7% 5.5%
December
2014
5.6% 5.5% 4.8% 11,434
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 5.1% 12,040
October
2014
5.7% 5.6% 5.1% 12,252
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 5.5% 13,125
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 5.8% 14,033
July
2014
6.2% 6.2% 6.3% 15,239
June
2014
6.1% 6.5% 6.5% 15,724
May
2014
6.3% 6.7% 6.7% 16,252
April
2014
6.2% 7.0% 6.6% 16,087

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.