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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Bowling Green peaked in August 2009 at 11.7% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in January 2018, 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Kentucky 4.1% -0.2 -1.0
Bowling Green 3.6% +0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 6,186 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,793 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 225.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 3,018 +225 -354

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 3,018
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.4% 2,793
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.5% 2,914
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 3,281
October
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.5% 3,735
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.7% 3,941
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.0% 4,122
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 4,075
June
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.6% 3,790
May
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.0% 3,330
April
2017
4.4% 5.2% 4.2% 3,535

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.