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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.1%. 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 July 2009 at 11.7% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bowling Green unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Kentucky 4.4% +0.1 0.0
Bowling Green 4.1% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 July 2009 at 9,182. There are now 5,690 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,069 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 423.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 3,492 +82 +283

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.4%
August
2019
3.7% 4.4% 4.1% 3,492
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 3,410
June
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.9% 3,249
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 3,124
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 3,115
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 3,108
February
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.7% 3,069
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.7% 3,102
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.7% 3,125
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 3.7% 3,117
October
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 3,121

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.