Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Kentucky 4.4% +0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 130,129 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 83,030 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,965. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 90,995 +999 -9,211

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 4.4% 90,995
July 2018 3.9% 4.3% 89,996
June 2018 4.0% 4.2% 87,082
May 2018 3.8% 4.1% 84,271
April 2018 3.9% 4.0% 83,110
March 2018 4.1% 4.0% 83,030
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