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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville fell 1.4 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Louisville peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in July 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Louisville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Kentucky 5.7% -1.6 +1.4
Louisville 5.5% -1.4 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 76,354 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,306 in July 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,758. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 36,064 -8,630 +11,202

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 6.0%
November
2020
6.7% 5.7% 5.5% 36,064
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.9% 44,694
September
2020
7.8% 5.6% 5.6% 35,612
August
2020
8.4% 7.5% 7.2% 47,466
July
2020
10.2% 4.5% 5.3% 32,306
June
2020
11.1% 4.4% 6.3% 39,836
May
2020
13.3% 10.9% 12.1% 77,643
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 4.3% 3.7% 24,865

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.