Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2021 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 12.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in August 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Kentucky 4.3% 0.0 -1.2

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in April 2020 at 352,568. There are now 267,861 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 84,707 -303 -24,264

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to September 2021

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 4.3% 84,707
August 2021 5.2% 4.3% 85,010
July 2021 5.4% 4.4% 86,594
June 2021 5.9% 4.4% 87,903
May 2021 5.8% 4.5% 89,128
April 2021 6.1% 4.7% 94,027
March 2021 6.0% 5.0% 99,621
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 103,384
January 2021 6.3% 5.3% 106,401
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 110,912
November 2020 6.7% 5.6% 110,689
October 2020 6.9% 5.5% 109,978