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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington fell 6.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in April 2020 at 15.8% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Kentucky 11.0% -5.6 +6.7
Lexington 9.4% -6.4 +6.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lexington, Kentucky, National

Lexington, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lexington peaked in April 2020 at 42,700. There are now 17,567 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 25,133 -17,567 +15,742

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.4% 25,133
April
2020
14.7% 16.6% 15.8% 42,700
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 4.3% 11,713
February
2020
3.5% 4.2% 3.4% 9,345
January
2020
3.6% 4.3% 3.4% 9,360
December
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.4% 9,326
November
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.4% 9,345
October
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.4% 9,363
September
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.4% 9,388
August
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.4% 9,413
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.4% 9,429

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.