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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville fell 5.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Louisville peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Louisville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Kentucky 11.0% -5.6 +6.7
Louisville 12.2% -5.2 +8.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 112,418. There are now 34,291 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 78,127 -34,291 +52,082

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 12.2% 78,127
April
2020
14.7% 16.6% 17.4% 112,418
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 4.3% 28,894
February
2020
3.5% 4.2% 3.5% 24,041
January
2020
3.6% 4.3% 3.7% 24,865
December
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.6% 24,599
November
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.7% 24,862
October
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.7% 25,121
September
2019
3.5% 4.3% 3.8% 25,427
August
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.8% 25,729
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.8% 25,966

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.