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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green fell 1.5 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Bowling Green peaked in April 2020 at 18.8% and is now 15.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bowling Green unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Kentucky 5.3% -0.3 +1.2
Bowling Green 3.8% -1.5 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 11,749 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 3,095 -1,106 -324

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2%
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 3.8% 3,095
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.3% 4,201
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.3% 4,186
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 7.1% 5,512
September
2020
7.8% 5.5% 5.3% 3,938
August
2020
8.4% 5.5% 7.3% 5,744
July
2020
10.2% 5.6% 4.7% 3,336
June
2020
11.1% 5.7% 4.7% 3,435
May
2020
13.3% 10.9% 12.4% 9,779
April
2020
14.8% 16.9% 18.8% 14,844

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.