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Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lexington rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Lexington peaked in June 2009 at 8.8% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lexington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Kentucky 4.3% +0.2 -0.1
Lexington 3.4% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 20,993. There are now 11,736 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,765 in March 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 492. Lexington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lexington, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lexington 9,257 +287 -135

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lexington, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployment Rate
Lexington
Unemployed
August
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.4% 9,257
June
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.3% 8,970
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.2% 8,798
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.2% 8,788
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.2% 8,765
February
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.2% 8,769
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.3% 9,041
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.4% 9,178
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.4% 9,173
October
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.4% 9,185
September
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.4% 9,249

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.