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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.6%. 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 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Louisville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Kentucky 4.0% 0.0 -1.2
Louisville 3.6% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 64,650. There are now 40,507 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,777 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,366. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 24,143 +1,167 -3,979

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.1%
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 24,143
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.4% 22,976
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.4% 22,502
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.3% 21,777
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.6% 23,993
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 24,575
October
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.8% 25,294
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.0% 26,500
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.2% 28,062
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.3% 28,753
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.3% 28,371

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.