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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington fell 0.7 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in April 2020 at 16.0% and is now 13.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Kentucky 4.1% -0.1 -1.5
Lexington 2.8% -0.7 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 44,058. There are now 36,530 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 7,528 -1,796 -5,295

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.1% 2.8% 7,528
October
2021
4.6% 4.2% 3.5% 9,324
September
2021
4.7% 4.3% 3.5% 9,399
August
2021
5.2% 4.3% 3.6% 9,518
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 3.7% 9,786
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 3.9% 10,034
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 3.8% 10,025
April
2021
6.0% 4.7% 3.9% 10,334
March
2021
6.0% 5.0% 4.0% 10,530
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.0% 10,412
January
2021
6.4% 5.3% 3.9% 10,248

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.