FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2021 unemployment rate was 4.7%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC).
The preliminary April 2021 jobless rate was down 0.3 percentage points from March 2021 and down 12.2 percentage points from the 16.9% recorded for the state one year ago when the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 had the largest impact on the state’s economy.
The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2021 was 6.1%, up from the 6% reported in March 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based upon estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. The survey is designed to measure trends in the number of people working and includes jobs in agriculture and individuals who are self-employed.
Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 1,989,946 in April 2021, a decrease of 796 individuals from March 2021. The number of people employed in April increased by 4,809 to 1,895,930 while the number of unemployed decreased by 5,605 to 94,016.
In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment declined by 2,200 jobs in April 2021 compared to March 2021. Kentucky’s nonfarm employment was up 196,800 jobs or 11.8% compared to April 2020, which represents the lowest employment levels during the pandemic.