Kentucky’s labor market conditions stand out among the Fourth District states. Indeed, its December unemployment rate of 4.5% was the lowest in the District and almost a full percentage point below the U.S. average; by that measure, Kentucky outperformed the nation throughout 2004. However, it failed to keep up with U.S. employment growth over the same period. Last year, employment in Kentucky grew by 0.8%, compared to the nation’s 1.7% increase. And from the last business cycle peak in March 2001, Kentucky lost 0.8% of its employment, while the nation saw a slight gain.
Suggested citation: “Kentucky Employment,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 05-03, pp. 15-16, 03.01.2005.