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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Louisville peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Louisville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Kentucky 4.7% -0.3 -0.2
Louisville 3.9% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Louisville, Kentucky, National

Louisville, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisville peaked in February 2010 at 64,579. There are now 38,360 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 26,219 -871 -269

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 26,219
October
2017
4.1% 5.0% 4.1% 27,090
September
2017
4.2% 5.2% 4.1% 27,674
August
2017
4.4% 5.5% 4.6% 30,957
July
2017
4.3% 5.4% 4.7% 31,129
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.3% 28,317
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.0% 26,702
April
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.2% 28,306
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.1% 27,558
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.2% 27,491
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.2% 27,836

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.