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Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Louisville fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. 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 December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Louisville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kentucky 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Louisville 4.2% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 36,532 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 6,341. Louisville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Louisville, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisville 28,118 -245 +2,824

Number of Unemployed Persons

Louisville, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployment Rate
Louisville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.2% 28,118
September
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.2% 28,363
August
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.9% 25,977
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.1% 27,435
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.0% 26,691
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.9% 26,043
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 24,257
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

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.