Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2022 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in April 2020 at 16.5% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Kentucky 4.0% -0.2 -0.7

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 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in April 2020 at 338,249. There are now 256,120 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 82,129 -4,371 -12,262

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to March 2022

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 4.0% 82,129
February 2022 3.8% 4.2% 86,500
January 2022 4.0% 4.4% 90,745
December 2021 3.9% 4.6% 93,721
November 2021 4.2% 4.6% 94,101
October 2021 4.6% 4.6% 95,235
September 2021 4.7% 4.7% 96,829
August 2021 5.2% 4.8% 98,155
July 2021 5.4% 4.8% 98,264
June 2021 5.9% 4.8% 97,234
May 2021 5.8% 4.7% 95,512