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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Job Growth

There were 266,600 jobs in Lexington, Kentucky in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 255,115 employed persons for the month. Lexington added 1,600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 24 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Lexington job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 266,600 +1,600 -16,100
CPS 255,115 +24 -10,107

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Lexington, Kentucky Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Lexington 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 for Lexington, Kentucky

CES employment for Lexington peaked in February 2020 at 282,700. Since then 16,100 jobs have been lost in Lexington according to the employer survey. From a trough of 236,800 in April 2020, Lexington has gained 29,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 265,222 for Lexington in February 2020. 10,107 jobs have been lost in Lexington since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 228,307, Lexington has added 26,808 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Lexington, Kentucky Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 266,600 1,600 255,115 24
January 2021 265,000 800 255,091 -16
December 2020 264,200 -3,000 255,107 -3,083
November 2020 267,200 1,700 258,190 12,217
October 2020 265,500 1,400 245,973 5,290
September 2020 264,100 -300 240,683 -10,646
August 2020 264,400 1,900 251,329 15,581
July 2020 262,500 5,300 235,748 -8,048
June 2020 257,200 14,100 243,796 426
May 2020 243,100 6,300 243,370 15,063
April 2020 236,800 -43,900 228,307 -30,119
March 2020 280,700 -2,000 258,426 -6,796