FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)- The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development cabinet have released April 2019’s unemployment report.
The seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2019 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics.
The unemployment rate for April 2019 was unchanged from March 2019.
The preliminary April 2019 jobless rate was down 0.4 percentage points from the 4.4 percent recorded for the state in April 2018.
The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April 2019 was 3.6 percent, down 0.2 percentage points from its March 2019 level, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. The survey is designed to measure trends in the number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and individuals who are self-employed.
Kentucky civilian labor force increased by 426 individuals in April 2019, bringing the state’s labor force to 2,065,210. The number of people employed in April was up by 478, while the number unemployed decreased by 52.
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 increased by 4,000 jobs in April 2019 compared to March 2019. Kentucky has added 19,500 jobs since April 2018, a 1 percent employment growth.