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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Kentucky 3.8% 0.0 -0.9
Lexington 3.0% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 41,923. There are now 33,694 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,222 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 8,229 -52 -2,177

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 3.0% 8,229
August
2022
3.7% 3.8% 3.0% 8,281
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 3.0% 8,222
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.0% 8,332
May
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.1% 8,428
April
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.1% 8,587
March
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.2% 8,756
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 3.4% 9,196
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 3.5% 9,724
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 3.7% 10,120
November
2021
4.2% 4.6% 3.7% 10,128

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.