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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. 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 July 2009 at 8.8% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kentucky 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Lexington 3.7% +0.2 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 July 2009 at 20,912. There are now 10,889 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,096 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,927. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 10,023 +546 +619

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.5% 3.7% 10,023
September
2018
3.7% 4.5% 3.5% 9,477
August
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.4% 9,394
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.6% 9,806
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.5% 9,687
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.3% 9,010
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.3% 9,002
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.2% 8,708
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.1% 8,507
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.0% 8,096
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.3% 9,019

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.