Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Kentucky 4.3% 0.0 +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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 221,124. There are now 130,979 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 87,152 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,993. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 90,145 -139 +2,789

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to January 2020

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 4.3% 90,145
December 2019 3.5% 4.3% 90,284
November 2019 3.5% 4.3% 90,300
October 2019 3.6% 4.3% 90,295
September 2019 3.5% 4.3% 90,136
August 2019 3.7% 4.3% 89,917
July 2019 3.7% 4.3% 89,618
June 2019 3.7% 4.3% 89,154
May 2019 3.6% 4.3% 88,634
April 2019 3.6% 4.3% 88,049
March 2019 3.8% 4.2% 87,431