Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 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 12.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Kentucky 4.5% -0.2 -6.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 263,672 fewer people unemployed in the state. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 88,896 -5,131 -137,664

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.5% 88,896
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
September 2020 7.8% 5.5% 108,971
August 2020 8.4% 5.5% 108,661
July 2020 10.2% 5.6% 109,512