The unemployment rate in the Louisville metro area increased to 8.3 percent in the month of June, which is a slight uptick, according to the Kentucky Office Of Employment & Training.

The numbers released Thursday show the jobless rate was 8.1 percent in May, but that unemployment is down significantly when compared to the 9.9 percent rate last year. Statistics in the report cover the 13-county metropolitan statistical area that includes surrounding Kentucky counties and Southern Indiana. It shows approximately 53,700 people are unemployed. 

Applications for jobless benefits went down this month despite the U.S. unemployment rate holding at 8.4 percent.

Kentucky figures show statewide unemployment went up to 8.4 percent in June compared to 8.1 percent in May, with over 175,000 without work.