Department of Numbers

Kentucky Job Growth

There were 1,865,400 jobs in Kentucky in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,899,269 employed persons for the month. Kentucky added 5,100 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 3,200 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Kentucky job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,865,400 +5,100 +173,200
CPS 1,899,269 +3,200 +52,515

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 1,957,000. Since then 91,600 jobs have been lost in Kentucky according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,662,100 in April 2020, Kentucky has gained 203,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Kentucky reached a maximum of 1,999,126 in November 2019. 99,857 jobs have been lost in Kentucky since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,734,915, Kentucky has added 164,354 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Kentucky Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 1,865,400 5,100 1,899,269 3,200
April 2021 1,860,300 -800 1,896,069 4,948
March 2021 1,861,100 3,400 1,891,121 1,409
February 2021 1,857,700 5,400 1,889,712 6,733
January 2021 1,852,300 10,500 1,882,979 11,132
December 2020 1,841,800 -14,700 1,871,847 -838
November 2020 1,856,500 -200 1,872,685 -630
October 2020 1,856,700 14,100 1,873,315 2,441
September 2020 1,842,600 8,400 1,870,874 4,982
August 2020 1,834,200 23,900 1,865,892 6,970
July 2020 1,810,300 27,900 1,858,922 7,270
June 2020 1,782,400 90,200 1,851,652 4,898