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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green fell 6.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Bowling Green peaked in April 2020 at 18.8% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bowling Green unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Kentucky 10.9% -5.7 +6.6
Bowling Green 12.6% -6.2 +8.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 14,844. There are now 4,852 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 9,992 -4,852 +6,569

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 4.3%
May
2020
13.3% 10.9% 12.6% 9,992
April
2020
14.7% 16.6% 18.8% 14,844
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 5.1% 4,300
February
2020
3.5% 4.2% 4.0% 3,407
January
2020
3.6% 4.3% 4.0% 3,419
December
2019
3.5% 4.3% 4.0% 3,448
November
2019
3.5% 4.3% 4.0% 3,423
October
2019
3.6% 4.3% 4.0% 3,403
September
2019
3.5% 4.3% 4.0% 3,399
August
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 3,405
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 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.