Frankfort: Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent from 2012 to 2013, and non-farm employment gained 15,500 jobs, according to the state Office of Employment and Training. The U.S. annual unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent in 2013 from 8.1 percent in 2012.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ estimate of the number of employed Kentuckians for 2013 was 1,895,194. This figure is down 4,542 from the 1,899,736 employed in 2012 but up 47,135 from 2003.
The estimated number of unemployed Kentuckians for 2013 was 170,630, down 1,797 from the 172,427 unemployed in 2012. The number of those unemployed is up by 46,938 compared to 10 years ago.
In 2013, the estimated number of Kentuckians in the civilian labor force was 2,064,824. This is down 6,339 from the 2,072,162 recorded in 2012, but up 94,073 people from 1,971,751 in 2003.
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Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on surveys designed to measure trends.
Kentucky had the eighth highest annual unemployment rate among all states and the District of Columbia in 2013. Kentucky was one of 20 states, including the District of Columbia, with annual unemployment rates above the U.S. annual rate in 2013. Four contiguous states, Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri and Ohio, had unemployment rates lower than the national average. The other three — Indiana, Tennessee and Illinois — had unemployment rates higher than the U.S. average.