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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Bowling Green peaked in April 2020 at 18.0% and is now 14.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bowling Green unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Kentucky 3.8% 0.0 -0.9
Bowling Green 3.5% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 April 2020 at 14,524. There are now 11,586 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,904 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 34.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 2,938 +3 -562

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 3.5% 2,938
August
2022
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 2,935
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 2,904
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.5% 2,922
May
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.5% 2,975
April
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.6% 3,044
March
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.6% 3,077
February
2022
3.8% 4.2% 3.8% 3,168
January
2022
4.0% 4.4% 4.0% 3,315
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 4.1% 3,416
November
2021
4.2% 4.6% 4.1% 3,416

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.