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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Louisville peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Louisville 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
Louisville 3.9% +0.2 -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: 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 February 2010 at 64,080. There are now 38,085 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,652 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,343. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 25,995 +777 -773

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.4%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 25,995
June
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 25,218
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 24,887
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 25,055
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 24,918
February
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.7% 25,039
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.8% 25,715
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 26,126
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 26,127
October
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.9% 26,234

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.