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Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bowling Green rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Bowling Green peaked in August 2009 at 11.7% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Bowling Green unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Kentucky 4.5% 0.0 -0.1
Bowling Green 4.1% +0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 August 2009 at 9,204. There are now 5,743 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,799 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 662.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bowling Green 3,461 +239 +129

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bowling Green, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployment Rate
Bowling Green
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.1% 3,461
September
2018
3.7% 4.5% 3.8% 3,222
August
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.9% 3,310
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.2% 3,579
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 3,448
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 3,024
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.6% 3,004
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.6% 3,046
February
2018
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 3,029
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.4% 2,799
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.6% 2,969

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.