Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.7% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Kentucky 4.2% -0.1 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 221,124. There are now 134,369 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 86,755 -1,929 -1,884

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to January 2019

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.2% 86,755
December 2018 3.9% 4.3% 88,684
November 2018 3.7% 4.3% 88,668
October 2018 3.8% 4.3% 88,927
September 2018 3.7% 4.3% 89,660
August 2018 3.8% 4.4% 90,423
July 2018 3.9% 4.4% 90,970
June 2018 4.0% 4.4% 91,045
May 2018 3.8% 4.4% 90,524
April 2018 3.9% 4.4% 89,728
March 2018 4.0% 4.3% 89,017