Kentucky Employment Statistics

  • 122,163 employers
  • 1,885,146 employees
  • $890 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 19.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.2% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Kentucky Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 14,152 more businesses
  • 174,469 more employees
  • 10.2% increase in total wages
  • $8,309 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 21.9% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Kentucky Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Jefferson County Kentucky, 24,741
County with the Most Employees: Jefferson County Kentucky, 419,641
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Hancock County Kentucky, $1,336
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Magoffin County Kentucky, 13.3%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Kentucky, see: Kentucky Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Kentucky see:Kentucky Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 1,980,138 employed workers
  • 88,079 unemployed workers
  • 4.3% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Kentucky, see: Kentucky Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 121,271 employers, down 2.1% from 123,934
  • 1,904,348 employees, up 0.4% from 1,897,292
  • $911 average weekly wage, up 3.3% from $882
  • The average weekly wage is 16.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 9.1% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Kentucky, see: Kentucky Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.