Department of Numbers

Kentucky Job Growth

There were 1,838,200 jobs in Kentucky in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,819,064 employed persons for the month. Kentucky added 10,900 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 24,752 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Kentucky job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,838,200 +10,900 -107,100
CPS 1,819,064 +24,752 -173,773

Kentucky Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Kentucky as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Kentucky

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Kentucky at 1,947,000. Since then 108,800 jobs have been lost in Kentucky according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,620,700 in April 2020, Kentucky has gained 217,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Kentucky reached a maximum of 1,995,951 in February 2020. 176,887 jobs have been lost in Kentucky since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,712,526, Kentucky has added 106,538 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

Kentucky Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 1,838,200 10,900 1,819,064 24,752
September 2020 1,827,300 1,800 1,794,312 -64,540
August 2020 1,825,500 34,000 1,858,852 103,587
July 2020 1,791,500 27,300 1,755,265 -80,831
June 2020 1,764,200 111,100 1,836,096 27,077
May 2020 1,653,100 32,400 1,809,019 96,493
April 2020 1,620,700 -306,200 1,712,526 -245,796
March 2020 1,926,900 -20,100 1,958,322 -37,629
February 2020 1,947,000 1,200 1,995,951 1,431
January 2020 1,945,800 11,700 1,994,520 2,597
December 2019 1,934,100 -6,000 1,991,923 -474
November 2019 1,940,100 -5,200 1,992,397 -440