Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.7% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Kentucky 4.0% -0.1 -1.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 221,124. There are now 138,258 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 82,866 -1,974 -22,626

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to March 2018

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 4.0% 82,866
February 2018 4.1% 4.1% 84,840
January 2018 4.1% 4.3% 87,876
December 2017 4.1% 4.5% 93,188
November 2017 4.1% 4.5% 92,954
October 2017 4.1% 4.6% 93,683
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 96,685
August 2017 4.4% 4.9% 100,206
July 2017 4.3% 5.0% 103,209
June 2017 4.3% 5.1% 105,025
May 2017 4.3% 5.1% 105,677