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Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Owensboro rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Kentucky rate. The unemployment rate in Owensboro peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Owensboro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Kentucky 5.2% -0.1 +1.0
Owensboro 4.2% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Owensboro, Kentucky, National

Owensboro, Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Owensboro peaked in April 2020 at 8,367. There are now 6,194 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,026 in July 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 147. Owensboro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Owensboro, Kentucky) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Owensboro 2,173 +17 +21

Number of Unemployed Persons

Owensboro, Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployment Rate
Owensboro
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.2% 2,173
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.1% 2,156
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.4% 2,866
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 2,833
October
2020
6.9% 5.5% 6.5% 3,454
September
2020
7.8% 5.5% 5.1% 2,627
August
2020
8.4% 5.5% 6.7% 3,659
July
2020
10.2% 5.6% 3.9% 2,026
June
2020
11.1% 5.7% 3.8% 2,030
May
2020
13.3% 10.9% 10.6% 5,724
April
2020
14.8% 16.9% 15.5% 8,367

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.