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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Louisville peaked in April 2020 at 16.8% and is now 13.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Louisville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Kentucky 3.7% 0.0 -1.1
Louisville 3.4% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Louisville, Kentucky, National

Louisville, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisville peaked in April 2020 at 110,465. There are now 87,485 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 22,980 -654 -4,136

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 3.4% 22,980
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.5% 23,634
May
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 24,413
April
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.6% 24,389
March
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.8% 25,403
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 3.7% 25,141
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 3.9% 26,085
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 3.9% 26,418
November
2021
4.2% 4.6% 4.0% 26,426
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 4.0% 26,405
September
2021
4.7% 4.7% 4.0% 26,532

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.