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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in June 2009 at 10.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro 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
Owensboro 4.5% -0.1 0.0
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: Owensboro, Kentucky, National

Owensboro, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Owensboro peaked in June 2009 at 5,843. There are now 3,357 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,320 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 166. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,486 -24 +79

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 2,486
October
2017
4.1% 5.0% 4.6% 2,510
September
2017
4.2% 5.2% 4.5% 2,501
August
2017
4.4% 5.5% 5.1% 2,833
July
2017
4.3% 5.4% 5.2% 2,896
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.9% 2,704
May
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.6% 2,551
April
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.8% 2,683
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.6% 2,574
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.6% 2,565
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.8% 2,603

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.