Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017.
In May 2017, Kentucky’s civilian labor force saw an increase of almost 2500 compared to April’s numbers.
Kentucky’s education and health services sector showed the largest gains with 1,100 more jobs in May 2017. This sector has increased by 4,400 jobs since May 2016, a 1.6 percent growth rate. This sector was led by the health care and social assistance subsector, which added 1,400 jobs in May 2017. The education subsector lost 300 jobs.
Other sectors seeing an increase were trade, transportation and utilities, information and financial activities.
Employment in construction fell from April to May, as did the leisure and hospitaltity sector, manufacturing, professional and business services, government and mining and logging.