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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 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 April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 14.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2021, 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Kentucky 4.4% 0.0 -1.2
Bowling Green 4.1% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 15,236. There are now 11,940 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,177 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 119.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 3,296 -15 -836

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.1% 3,296
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 4.1% 3,311
May
2021
5.8% 4.5% 4.0% 3,203
April
2021
6.1% 4.7% 4.0% 3,207
March
2021
6.0% 5.0% 4.0% 3,249
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.0% 3,244
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 3.9% 3,177
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.0% 4,001
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.9% 4,023
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 5.0% 4,041
September
2020
7.8% 5.5% 5.0% 4,050

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.