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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Bowling Green peaked in August 2009 at 11.7% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Bowling Green unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Kentucky 4.7% -0.3 -0.2
Bowling Green 3.9% -0.6 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bowling Green, Kentucky, National

Bowling Green, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bowling Green peaked in August 2009 at 9,204. There are now 5,931 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,996 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 277.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 3,273 -462 +277

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 3,273
October
2017
4.1% 5.0% 4.5% 3,735
September
2017
4.2% 5.2% 4.7% 3,941
August
2017
4.4% 5.5% 5.0% 4,122
July
2017
4.3% 5.4% 4.9% 4,075
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.6% 3,790
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.0% 3,330
April
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.2% 3,535
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.1% 3,371
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.1% 3,372
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.2% 3,419

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.